From the 1950s comes this pretty, Victorian-style Celluloid trinket box. This ivory-tone, hinge-lidded box depicts a romantic countryside scene between a Victorian lady and her gentleman caller in a central oval on the box top. Surrounding the oval then descending to all sides of the trinket box is an ornately carved floral design. When opened, the trinket box shows its inner tray of three compartments for holding jewelry and other small items. The trays are flocked and of a deep coral tone. This trinket box is in excellent vintage condition.
For those of you not familiar with Celluloid, the plastic dates back to the beginning of the 20th century to the 1930s. Celluloid is one of the earliest man-made plastics widely used in costume jewelry. Celluloid has certain characteristics that differentiate it from other plastics. In general, pieces made from Celluloid tend to be thin, light, somewhat brittle, sensitive to heat (they crack and craze), and early Celluloid can be extremely flammable (do not ever test with a hot pin!). When placed briefly in hot water, early Celluloid smells like camphor, while later cellulose acetate smells like vinegar.
This Victorian-style trinket box would make for a charming addition to any woman’s bedroom vanity set as its color is unobtrusive and its inner compartments can store quite a bit of jewelry. If you are a collector of early plastic products, especially those made of Celluloid, then add this delightful trinket box to your collection.