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Brass and Celluloid Patch Box / Snuff Box / Pill Box
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Brass and Celluloid Patch Box / Snuff Box / Pill Box
Brass and Celluloid Patch Box / Snuff Box / Pill Box
Brass and Celluloid Patch Box / Snuff Box / Pill Box
Brass and Celluloid Patch Box / Snuff Box / Pill Box
Brass and Celluloid Patch Box / Snuff Box / Pill Box
Patch Box / Brass or Copper with Unique (probably Celluloid) Lid Decoration / Older Piece of unknown origin

We recently acquired a small collection of interesting older metal boxes, each unique in its own way. At first glance I assumed they were pill boxes, then I was told they were perhaps snuff boxes. Because we derive much pleasure from the research we do into the uses and origins of the items on this site, our quest began to identify each one. The result? They were not really snuff boxes, as we learned that those were larger, about 3" in diameter, and ours average about 1-1/2". They are called Patch Boxes, and were utilized by ladies to hold the tiny patches or beauty spots that they were accustomed to placing on their faces, to accentuate a feature - - quite the fashion at the time.

Next came the task of identifying the materials and methods of artistic decoration of each small box, and also the country of origin. We have done our best; however, please feel free to correct us if you find any of our assumptions to be inaccurate. We are not experts, just people who enjoy things old and interesting.

This Patch Box has us a more than a bit baffled as to exactly what it is made of. My searching has only revealed that the top piece, which is affixed to the hinged lid and is about 3/32" thick, quite possibly is a celluloid piece. It is a swirled piece with olive green and pinkish copper muted colors. The box is rectangular in shape with a hinged lid. It measures 1-9/16" long by 1-3/16" wide and is 5/8" high. The box fastens with a 3/4" spring strip, affixed to the inside, that is depressed with a lever The body of the box is likely older brass or perhaps copper. It does have a copper appearance, especially in the interior. At one time it likely had a mirror inside, as there are traces still of some adhesive. I have not attempted to clean this piece, preferring to let the buyer do that. There are no hallmarks or other markings of any kind that I can find; however it does pass the non-magnetic test. At one time, there was a label of some sort on the underside, but only a few remnants of a silver foil material remain. I really like this little box, and wish I knew more about it to pass along.

The condition of this piece is very nice. The hinged lid fits nicely, the latch operates smoothly and securely, and there are no dents or damage that I can find. The metal finish appears to just need cleaning. Please check the photos and feel free to contact us if you have questions.

I try to describe the items on this site as accurately as possible; however since most of the items are either antique or at best vintage, due to their age, they are sold in "as is" condition. Please examine the pictures and contact us with any questions, to request additional pictures, or to contribute further information, by using the Contact tab on our Home page. We are not experts and always welcome your input.
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