Exterior and Interior Design

With most earlier box makers often keeping to more conventional box opening designs, the Victorian makers started to think more creatively regarding this. With style, practicality, space maximization and of course, status in mind, these Victorian box makers began to make significant changes to the more standard box form that most people had been accustomed to for millenniums.

Boxes could feature lower and/or side drawers, front panels that dropped forward to reveal concealed drawers behind, and all manner of innovative cantilever and hinged mechanisms that almost ‘unfolded’ the boxes in front of one’s eyes. George Betjemann & Sons were particularly renowned for really pushing the limits of box design and took out patents on all their imaginative mechanisms.

Coromandel Dome Top Antique Jewellery Box.

Coromandel Dome Top Antique Jewellery Box.

Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Betjemann Patent Automatic Opening Mechanism by Leuchars.

Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Betjemann Patent Automatic Opening Mechanism by Leuchars.

Walnut Antique Jewellery Box with Drop Front and Concealed Drawers.

Walnut Antique Jewellery Box with Drop Front and Concealed Drawers.

Coromandel Antique Jewellery Box with Drawers and Secret Floor Compartment.

Coromandel Antique Jewellery Box with Drawers and Secret Floor Compartment.

Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Cantilever Mechanism.

Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Cantilever Mechanism.

Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Betjemann Patent Cantilever Mechanism.

Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Betjemann Patent Cantilever Mechanism.

Antique Jewellery Box in Calamander, Attributed to Edwards.

Antique Jewellery Box in Calamander, Attributed to Edwards.