SOLD: Edwardian sterling silver jewellery box, hallmarked London 1908


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Here’s a stunning Edwardian sterling silver jewellery box made for Hardy Brothers in London in 1908.

Hardy Bros was founded in Sydney in 1853 by John Hardy, soon after he arrived in colonial Australia from England. By the time this box was made the business had opened a shop in Brisbane. It later expanded across Australia and has been granted a royal warrant by every British sovereign since George V.

The repoussé design on the lid is based on Reynolds’ angels, a turn-of-the century motif taken from a painting by Sir Joseph Reynolds and seen on many English silver items of the period. There’s also a sweet inscription for “NELL”.

The box has sumptuously curved sides and baroque-inspired garlands of foliage surrounding more cherubim. Its interior is lined in indigo velvet, trimmed with royal blue piping, and there’s a black leather base.

This would make an appealing dressing table adornment to hold your most treasured jewels.


• Handmade in sterling silver over a wooden base
• Approximately 8cm (3 inches) long, 20cm (8 inches) wide and 16cm (6 1/2 inches) deep
• Weight is 615 grams
• In excellent antique condition, though the key is missing
• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box
• Note: some of the antique and vintage jewellery is for sale separately – please get in touch if you’d like information about any of it

Please examine the photographs carefully – they form part of the description.

I’d be very happy to send more information and images. Layaway available.

I accept returns within 14 days if you’re not delighted with your purchase.

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