Victorian French Brass Gilt + White Satin Opaline Glass "Egg in Nest" Box
This whimsical French-made box from the Victorian era (ca1880) is quite an unusual treasure! The trinket box forms the shape of a 3-dimensional egg, which is nestled at the center of a woven "bird's nest" border. The egg is made of white satin opaline glass, which has frosted exterior, but is smoothly polished for a reflective finish on the interior. It rests within a coiled wirework frame made of brass, which has been gilded for a vibrant gold finish. A hinge allows the egg to open from the front, revealing a hollow interior where small jewels or trinkets could be stored inside. At the base of the piece are four twig-shaped feet, allowing the box to stand securely on a table top. This lovely novelty piece is quite a unique mid-century collector's item!
Measurements: The dimensions of the overall design (border included) are as follows: 3 3/8" tall, 2 1/2" wide, and 2" deep. The glass egg itself measures 2 1/2" tall, 1 3/4" wide, and 1 3/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the box is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the satin opaline glass egg, or to the gilded brass frame. The hinged box lid opens easily and snaps securely shut. When placed on a table top or other smooth surface, the box stands securely and evenly, without tipping or wobbling.