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An Anglo-Indian Vizagapatam Ivory and Tortoiseshell Jewellery Box (Code 8109)

  • £79500


A beautiful early 20th century (circa 1930) Anglo-Indian colonial period jewellery box.  It is from the Vizagapatam region of India where craftsmen specialized in this type of finely decorated work.  The box is veneered in ivory and tortoiseshell over a wooden base (perhaps sandalwood).  There are finely pierced ivory panels along with flat panels having floral style detailing.  Ivory strap work completes the edges and is stands on four paw feet.

The box has a working lock with key.  To the interior there is a mirror backed lid and a lift-out tray fitted ready for jewellery  The tray has ring holders and two small lidded compartments and is finished with plush purple fabric.  The tray lifts out to reveal an open section below finished in blue plush fabric.

Please be assured that as this item is pre 1947 and as such it is perfectly legal to buy/sell and own in the UK.  Please also note we are only able to dispatch this item to a UK address as many countries have import restrictions for this type of item.



The box is in very good order for the period with only slight faults to the ivory and tortoiseshell and certainly much better than average.  The mirror to the interior lid is perhaps a replacement.  The plush fabric to the internal top tray is also perhaps a replacement as it does not match the colour beneath.  The coloured detailing to the exterior ivory has faded in comparison to the interior, as you would expect for this period.


Dimensions (approx)

Height 8.5 cms (3.2 inches)

Width 20.5 cms (8 inches)

Weight 954 grams (before packing).



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Stock Code: 8109   MR13-3


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