Velvet Ruching

Ruching was originally a French term meaning to gather, ruffle or pleat. Most often seen in the lids of jewellery boxes, dressing cases and vanity boxes, ruching was a technique by which velvet or silk was gathered up to form patterns of ruffles. These ruched panels would often be softly padded and could used to hold decorative pins and brooches. This particular technique was used throughout most of the 19th century.

Velvet Ruching in the lid of an Asprey Antique Jewellery Box.

Velvet Ruching in the lid of an Asprey Antique Jewellery Box.

Asprey Antique Jewellery Box in Rosewood.

Asprey Antique Jewellery Box in Rosewood.

Antique Velvet Ruching taken from a Howell James & Co. Antique Jewellery Box.

Antique Velvet Ruching taken from a Howell James & Co. Antique Jewellery Box.

Burr Walnut Antique Jewellery Box Manufactured by Howell James & Co.

Burr Walnut Antique Jewellery Box Manufactured by Howell James & Co.