Gay Ann Rogers  Needlework

My Favorite Black box

My Little Black box

If I have a favorite possession, it is without doubt this small traveling work box, well-worn and well-loved.

Why? Can one ever explain love?

All About My Favorite Possession

This little box, well worn, is hands down my favorite possession.


In the next few mornings let's talk about love.

On the left, open.

Below, closed.

Nov 15  How Old is the Box and How Do I Know?

Of course I can't know for sure, but this style box was popular right around 1810-1820 and most people would say 'Regency'.

A long time ago I learned from DH that styles are not fixed and definite and they often overlap a bit. My little black box looks to my eye a smidgen earlier.  Why do I say this? Its proportions and its simple lines. Most Regency boxes related to it in style are squatter and fussier. Georgian style tends to be simpler.

And the brass fixture

I'll never know and it is just a guess, but I think it is more like 1800-1810, transitional from Georgian to Regency.

Nov 16  A Short History Lesson

Here is a very favorite story of mine from way in the past. DH and I were out to dinner with a collector friend of mine who fancied herself an amateur historian.

DH referred to something made in the 1840's as 'Regency' and my collector friend who could be brash at times jumped all over him: 'how can you say something in the 1840's is Regency when you should well know that Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837."

My friend was right: Queen Victoria did come to the throne in 1837, but does style always line up exactly in a neat row with a political realm? No. A style can linger on sometimes for years, so yes, something in the Regency style could very well have been made in the 1840's.

Here is good example from our own lives that will help you understand: when did we go on the metric system? So how many of you still measure in cups and  inches?

So what does this have to do with my little black box? One of the things that intrigues me is its style. Some would say defintely Regency, but I think there's more than a whiff of the Georgian still surviving -- in its height, its simple lines, and definitely some of the engraving on its brass.

So which is it? Georgian or Regency? DH has always said a mixture and I think the same.

We will never know for sure, but more than half the fun is thinking about it.

Nov 17  Georgian and Regency Styles

Georgian style, Regency style, what's the difference? The scissors sheath above is a good illustration.

Above is a silver scissors sheath made by renowned silversmith Joseph Taylor. Notice the two patterns on the sheath and how different they are. The one on the bottom is a Georgian style pattern, the one on the top is what I think of as 'high Regency' style.

Take a couple of minutes to study the differences.

Nov 18 Closeups of the Brass

This morning here are some closeups of the outstanding brass fixtures on my little box:  below left, one of the handles,

upper right, one of the protective corners on the top of the box,

bottom right, one of the claw feet.

A photo of the top showing the name plate and four corner protectors

Nov 19  A Comparison

Side by side here are the scissors sheath and the protective corner on the box. Interesting how close the styles of the bottom of the sheath and the corner of the box.

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