Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Vintage CAPITOL BUILDING JEWELRY CASKET BOX Souvenir JB - eBay (item 310017193453 end time Jan-30-08 18:36:18 PST)

This vintage box is marked, "Capitol Washington DC" on the front and "1958 JB" on the bottom. It was made by the Jennings Brothers. I don't know if the number is the year or the model number. It's heavy metal with a gold finish and is lined with purple velvet.

It measures about 3 1/2 by 5 inches wide outside, stands 4 1/4 inches high, with a compartment 4 inches by 1 1/2 inches by 1 1/4 inches. The lid doesn't fit down tight on the right due to someone's sturdy, but inexact repair of the hinge on that side.

My father-in-law had a silver-colored one like this that he got on his wedding trip to Niagara Falls in 1939. It sat on his dresser and held his college ring and cuff links.

The metal finish shows wear. The velvet lining is in excellent condition. It's hefty, weighing over a pound and a half.

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