Featured Newbie with unusual object....

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by JennyT, Jun 30, 2020.

  1. JennyT

    JennyT New Member

    Hello everyone !

    Looking for some help. Just cleaned out my late father's things and came across this item I'd never seen before. It literally looks like a miniature casket, and I believe it's silver. It appears to have a mark on the bottom - but I have no idea what it is ? It might have been a jewelry case ? Anyone seen one of these before or can point me in a direction ?

    Casket 1.jpg casket2.jpg casket3.jpg
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  2. anundverkaufen

    anundverkaufen Bird Feeder

    The J.B. Mark is Jennings Brothers and most likely a jewelry casket. Not silver but silver plated base metal.
  3. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    It does look like an Art Nouveau jewelry casket. If you do a Google Images search with those terms you'll find many similar.

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  4. daveydempsey

    daveydempsey Moderator Moderator

    It looks Art Nouveau ,
    Is it wood lined ?
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  5. JennyT

    JennyT New Member

    Not wood lined or lined with anything at all. Thanks to everyone so far for the replies it's been very helpful !
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  6. lovewrens

    lovewrens New Member

    It's beautiful. I'd love to see it polished!
  7. J Dagger

    J Dagger Well-Known Member

    I believe that company was out of Boston or the Boston area. They are not very valuable but I think they are beautiful boxes. All the ones I’ve come across usually have the silver plate pretty worn down though.
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  8. JennyT

    JennyT New Member

    What's the best way to clean this ? Hagerty's products or another way to clean silver plate/silver items ?
  9. bercrystal

    bercrystal Well-Known Member

    I would start with a soft brush & some dish soap. Make sure it thoroughly dry & then you can try some light polishing with a gentle creamy silver polish. You do not want to clean it totally as leaving some of the blackened areas, especially around the design, will bring out the design.

    Never use the aluminum foil trick as it leaves the item with a odd coloring.
  10. J Dagger

    J Dagger Well-Known Member

    Hard to say based on photos but looks like there may not be enough of the plating left to really polish. Hopefully I’m wrong.
  11. lloyd249

    lloyd249 it's not hoarding if it's valuable

    never dull , NEVR-DULL® is an extraordinary cleaning wonder that shines all metals with sparkling ease. Each can contains a generous supply of specially treated cotton wadding cloth. Simply remove a piece of wadding from the can and rub it thoroughly over the surface to be polished. Not for use on lacquered or painted surfaces. DSC00516.JPG
  12. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    We call that Duraglit. Good stuff. Wear gloves.
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  13. lloyd249

    lloyd249 it's not hoarding if it's valuable

    i use it a lot lol if you decide to go that way just do a test in an under non conspicuous place first , it says not on plating but i do all the time with great results so ....your call
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