Jesson, Birkett & Co copper and silver box
A bronzed copper and silver box made by Jesson, Birkett & Co or A E Jones, circa 1905.
The lid and sides of the box have applied silver details and rosettes all held on with rivets.
This design of box appears in the Jesson, Birkett & Co catalogue, circa 1905. It is also likely that this box was also made by A E Jones as another very similar design was pictured in a book by A E Jones’s son, Kenneth Crisp Jones. In the book, The Silversmiths of Birmingham and their marks: 1750-1908, the similar box is shown as made by A. Edward Jones, circa 1905. It is well known that A E Jones made many of the Jesson, Birkett & Co designs.
This design appears in a Jesson, Birkett & Co Catalogue entitled “Designers and workers in metals”. It states “The above boxes are made in bronzed copper with silver mounts and rivets, and are lined with either cedar or velvet.” This box would have originally had a velvet lining.
Please note that this box has been recently patinated by a skilled metalworker to match the intended design.
Dimensions: 4 3/4″ wide to edge of lid, 4 3/4″ deep to edge of lid (box section is 4″ by 4″) and 3 1/4″ high
Condition: Good. recently applied patina. Missing it’s original velvet lining