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A Kettle Drum Jewellery Box, 1873
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A Kettle Drum Jewellery Box, 1873

Measurements: Height: 18.5cm (7.5in)



A Victorian gilt brass lidded box in the form of a kettle drum applied trophies of arms and royal coat of arms, raised on circular stepped base. Inscribed with registration mark lozenge to rear, giving the date of manufacture as 1873 and inscribed `No.13 / Howell James & Co, Regent Street, London W’.

Howell James & Company were a firm of jewellers and silversmiths that operated between in 1819 and 1911. It was founded by James Howell and Isaac James who were originally silk mercers and retail jewellers. The company had premises at 5, 7 and 9 Regent Street and was noted for the variety and quality of its stock. In 1838 James left the business and the partnership then became known as Howell James & Co. By 1865 the firm employed over 140 women, most of whom lived above the shop.The firm exhibited in London, at the Great Exhibition in 1851 and at the 1862 International, and in Paris and the International Exposition of 1867. It sold items by students and designers of the South Kensington School. At the London exhibitions of 1871 and 1872 the company exhibited jewellery by C.L. Eastlake, M. D. Wyatt, F. Leighton and L. F. Day. The company's 1878 Paris Exhibition stand was designed by Day.