Our bronze colored repousse metal box was made by the Jennings Brothers around 1900. This style of footed box was used to store cigarettes back in the day, and has an Art Nouveau style.
This particular box has a removable interior liner that appears similar to bakelite. The inside of the lid has four screws in which the liner can be removed. It is marked with 'JB' on the bottom - the known signature of the Jennings Brothers.
It is the perfect size to use for stashing away matches, jewelry, stamps, odd and ends. The fact that it's so old .. well, that makes it all the more special.
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- ONE antique metal box by the Jennings Brothers (as shown)
In very good condition considering age. There is surface wear with various markings, discoloration and darkening. The lid hinge works smoothly. The interior removable liner is practical and easy to clean. Legs are level. Has not been cleaned or polished to protect original patina.
- Material: metal; interior liner appears similar to bakelite
- Color: bronze, dark brown
- Dimensions: 5.5" L x 4.75" W x 3" H
More on the Jennings Brothers:
The Jennings Brothers Metal Foundry was started in 1890 in Bridgeport, CT. They specialized in metal art, maintaining a staff of artists and sculptors to craft their metal art objects ("Nouveau" metal art) which included clocks, bookends, statues, metal cases, boxes candelabras and some silver-plated utensils. Bronze finishes were produced in competition with imported goods of French manufacture, and were sold under the name of “Nouveau Bronze” or “Art Nouveau.” Their original items were signed with the initials "JB" on each pieces. They went out of business in the 1950s.