Acquired from an estate sale barn outside of Bar Harbor, Maine, this sturdy 1960 Lucite jewelry box makes for a fun find. The box is composed of clear Lucite (which has slightly yellowed with age) and gold-tone metal hinge and bands around the lip of the top and bottom halves of the box. According to the owner, this box was once used for jewelry and at another time to hold a pack of cigarettes.
The Lucite box is in great vintage condition. Again, it has minor yellowing to the plastic and some scuff marks that come with age. The box’s top has “Made in U.S.A. Pat. Pend.” marked on it. The interior bottom of the box toward its front edge has some minor rough spots. All in all, this is a great little jewelry box!
For those unfamiliar with Lucite, it is the “queen of diversity,” appearing in many forms, colors and styles in jewelry from the 1940s to today, although it was most popular during the 1940s and 50s. Lucite is an acrylic resin, and one type of thermoset plastic (Bakelite is another, although Bakelite is a phenol formaldehyde resin). A brief aside here to clear up a point: the term “thermoset” does not refer to a specific form or style of plastic; it is a broad-based term referring to any plastic that, once heated and formed, cannot be melted a second time and reformed. Although clear in its original state, as with this reverse-carved roses brooch, Lucite can be tinted virtually any color, in ranges from transparent to opaque, with a few interesting variations along the way.
This mid-century Lucite jewelry box would make for a delightful gift for any woman or young lady who collects vintage costume jewelry. If that’s you, then don’t let this item pass you by!