1930s Reverse Carved Celluloid Vintage Jewellery Box

This delightful and evocative box dates from the early 1930s. Sourced in Paris, it's a wonderful combination of Deco design and early plastic creativity.

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The Details...

This box is constructed from gold and brown coloured celluloid. It is a cuboid shape and is detailed on four of its faces with clear, oval shaped celluloid panels, reverse carved with scenes of swans amongst bulrushes. The box has a removeable lid with a typically Art Deco geometric handle on top. The box has one large central compartment. The box measures 14.5cm x 10.5cm x 10cm.

A Short History...

Celluloid was a highly popular material in jewellery and accessories manufacture during the 1930s. Newly pioneered injection molding processes, meant that cellulose could be used to produce many identical pieces at the same time. This resulted in the cost per item of celluloid pieces being very low and the material could therefore cater for post-Depression demands for affordable items. 

  • Colour Brown, Gold, White
  • Era 1930s
  • Trend Gatsby Glamour