Vintage: Sterling Silver Ring Box, Art Deco Hexagon by Ellis Bros.
Coveted by collectors, this sterling silver ring box is in the hard-to-find hexagon shape. From the Art Deco Period (circa 1920/30), the ring cushion is in a white silk and the top portion is in a deep cream, imprinted with the Ellis Bros. logo.
From the late 1800's into the mid 20th century, when an engagement ring was purchased at a luxury jewelry store (e.g. Tiffany, Birks), a sterling silver ring box was included.
These petite silver treasures came in many shapes and sizes: rectangles, squares, rounds, ovals, hexagons and hearts. The bottom portion was usually lined in velvet, silk, or mohair and the top was often lined in silk and sometimes imprinted with the retailer's name. This one is both imprinted on the inside and has a maker's mark on the bottom of the box.
This is the perfect presentation box for an antique or vintage engagement ring, a keepsake to be handed down to the next generation. Buy it as a treat for yourself and keep it on your bedside table to display a favorite ring.
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Dimensions & Details
- The box is sterling silver.
- The outside dimensions are: width (diameter), 1.5 inches and height, a little over 1.1 inches.
Period & Hallmarks
- Art Deco, Circa 1920/30 based upon form of maker's mark.
- Stamped Sterling and Ellis Bros., on the bottom of the box hence the scratches in the pictures. Ellis Bros. is also on the inside lid.
- The outside is in good condition. It is vintage and has a few surface scratches, visible only upon very close inspection and that one would expect to see on a piece of this age. The inside ring pad is white silk which is starting to show some wear. The silk bridge between the top and bottom has some fraying. The wear is part of the charm and lets you know that it is truly vintage.
More About Ryrie, Ellis Bros. and Birks
Tracing the histories of these firms, when they merged or changed their names, helps us in part to date the antique and vintage ring boxes we find in circulation today. The makers marks we most often see on these ring boxes are Tiffany (U.S.), Mappin & Webb (England), Ryrie (Canada), Ellis Bros. (Canada), Roden (Canada) and Birks (Canada) (of course there are many others).
Ryrie, Birks & Ellis Bros. were all premier jewelry companies in Canada during the 19th and 20th centuries. Both Ryrie and Ellis Bros. were acquired by Birks, and Birks is the only one that continues on today. Do you want find out more about the history of these illustrious firms and and how to date these ring boxes? See our blog on this topic: Antique and Vintage Ring Boxes, Part II.
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