Vintage silverplate footed jewelry box or jewelry casket with a French motif and an engraved lid with the Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom and in old French, "Dieu et mon droit" which is the motto of the British Monarch. This depiction of the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom has bee used since 1837. Deep scalloped shape, this silver jewel box or jewel casket has four figural lion feet, ornate decorations all along the outside of the jewelry box, along the jewelry box lid and finished off with a deep red velvet interior. High polished silver finish. Just gorgeous!
The phrase, "Dieu et mon droit" appears on a scroll beneath the shield of the coat of arms of the United Kingdom. Dieu et mon droit has been translated in several ways, including "God and my right," "God and my right hand," "God and my lawful right," and "God and my right shall me defend." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:UK_Royal_Coat_of_Arms.svg
The phrase, "Honi pense" within the Coat of arms roughly translates to shameful thoughts. The quote means: "Shame be to him who thinks evil of it", or more strictly: "Let him who thinks ill there be shamed." It is sometimes re-interpreted as "Evil be to him who evil thinks".
This vintage silverplate footed jewelry box is in extremely good condition. We note two tiny spots to the left of the engraving that will not polish out, there seems to be a light coat of a protective sealer on the silverplate, which makes it a bit difficult to bring out the silver's true luster and shine (this is NOT silver wear or loss, just the dulling effects of a sealer). The royal blue velvet attached to the bottom of this silver jewelry box is lightly stained along the edges, but is in otherwise very good condition. This vintage silverplate footed jewelry box measures 6.25" side to side, 5.5" front to back, stands nearly 3" tall and weighs 1 pound 8.2 ounces. Unmarked as to maker.
A2039 - Vintage Silver Plate Footed JEWELRY CASKET BOX United Kingdom Royal Coat of Arms motif