1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons
1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons

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1950s 48 Ring Presentation Case with Cobalt Velvet and Bridal Portrait made for ArtCarved by J.R. Wood & Sons

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General Information:

  • Approximate Dimensions: 14.75 inches long x 8.25 inches wide x 1.125 inches tall/deep
  • Weight: 2 lb 0.3 oz
  • Era: This box is believed to be Mid Century, dating to between 1948 and 1954.
  • Manufacturer: “B.P.” as marked on the closure tabs
  • Markings: No formal maker’s marks aside from “B.P.” on both closure tabs; research does specify who this maker is.
  • Buyer Notes: This box is altogether one of a kind, as it was custom designed and produced for ArtCarved’s traveling jewelry salesmen to use as a showcase for the manufacturer’s newest bridal rings. Such display boxes were intended to impress jewelry retailers throughout the United States, helping to illustrate the vision of the rings to such retailers in hopes that the stores would place orders with ArtCarved. Jewelry cases that boast manufacturer names, such as this one, are harder and harder to find, and are considered quite collectible given their rarity and featured brand name(s). The inclusion of the bridal “photo” in the center of the ring tray adds a wholly unique feel to the case, elevating it to a functional advertisement of romance. The couple pictured embodies many of the aesthetic and fashion-forward standards of the 1950s, beckoning a robust and conceptual ideal customer base for the rings that would have originally been displayed within the box. This box features daintier slots which were originally intended to house ladies’ engagement rings and wedding bands, as well as larger slots which were originally intended to house grooms’ wedding bands. At the time that this box was made, men sported diamonds and gemstones just as often as women, and it is likely that this salesman’s case displayed diamond rings for both sexes. Please note that the print of the bridal couple maintains its original early plastic built-in protective covering, which shows some wear commensurate with its materiality, age and use, including traces of its original adhesive around the perimeter and some dust between the covering and the print.

    Exterior:

    • Exterior Materials: Pebbled leatherette-wrapped wood hard case
    • Exterior Colors: Black
    • Exterior Construction & Conditions: Light to moderate wear commensurate with age and use, particularly at the corners and edges; the base exhibits something of a seam-like line that gives the impression that it once was designed to open and fold back to prop up for viewing. If this was, indeed, ever the design, it currently neither folds or props, nor functions as a self-standing display, but instead functions simply as a box.

    Interior:

    • Interior Lid Materials: Matte silk or linen lining with very light padding
    • Interior Lid Color: Matte black    
    • Interior Lid Conditions: No pilling, frays or tears 
    • Interior Hinge Covering Material: Ribbed royal blue material, likely silk
    • Interior Hinge Covering Conditions: No pilling, frays or tears
    • Interior Tray Materials: Rich, deep cobalt velvet 
    • Inner Ring Slot Materials: Coordinating ribbed royal blue lining; some slots show picking from progs, stones and ring settings over the past 70+ years of use
    • Ring Slot Count: Forty-Eight (48)
    • Ring Slot Average Dimensions: The slots comprising the two outermost columns (20 total slots) measure about 20.5 mm across, while the slots comprising the two adjoining inner columns (20 total slots) measure about 18.5 mm across. The innermost arrangement of eight slots below the bridal portrait measure about 22.2 mm across x about 2.85 mm wide. Slot depths range between 7.5 mm and 11.4 mm.

    Closure:

    • Hardware Materiality: Base metal push tabs; hinges analogous in material though covered on interior
    • Closure System: Double push tab closures; lies flat when open
    • Closure Conditions: Push tabs open and close with with a ‘click’ and without resistance; extremely light, commensurate wear to metal

    Specifications:

    All specifications, including but not limited to the measurements, age, origins, and material compositions are supplied in good faith as professional estimations constructed using professional grade tools, years of learned and honed skills, educational resources and academic scholarship, and refined research methods. Regardless of our confidence in our descriptions and the photographs deemed viable extensions of these descriptions, we cannot guarantee the definitiveness, faultlessness, or exactitude beyond our knowledge and expertise. Kindly keep in mind that all secondhand wares (vintage, antique and estate goods) are conveyed in "as-is" condition, and consequently bear conditional wear in both matter and in operation commensurate with age and use.

    The Story:

    ArtCarved is a 20th century trademark of the famed J.R. Wood & Sons, a jewelry house that reigned in the jewelry world for over a century before eventually being purchased by Lenox, Inc. in 1970. J.R. Wood was established in 1850 in Brooklyn, New York, initiating operation out of a 600 square foot factory space. The company surged in popularity for both their timeless and elaborate designs, initially making their debut onto the jewelry scene with the creation of their iconic engagement ring named “The Victoria” after the era’s most famous monarch, Queen Victoria herself.

    The company first used the name “ArtCarved” by 1920 as an ode to the artful carving techniques they employed. In 1919, they opened a new factory of over 50,000 square feet, a notable architectural achievement made of concrete and steel construction. A catalogue from the same year boasted of the new space that, 

    "…practically all of the walls are glass. The interior is white enameled throughout. Thirty-five telephones connect the various departments together with electric elevators, signal horns and bells. Automatic electric clocks and time stamps are installed in all departments so that accurate costs of manufacturing can be determined on all work. The steel vault is twenty-five feet wide by eighteen feet deep with a door weighing seven tons. The factory contains... floor space with ample accommodations for one thousand workmen… [including] …shower baths, reading and recreation rooms… as well as a grocery store and restaurant where all food is sold at cost to our employees.”

    Soon, the newest technology paved the way for state of the art jewelry manufacturing by J.R. Wood, as the invention of seamless-soldered rings allowed the makers to produce pieces with astounding detail and efficiency. Throughout the height of the Art Deco and retro period of the 20s, 30s and 40s, the jewelry house dominated the market for the masses without sacrificing craftsmanship and fine design.

    With the advent of World War II, ArtCarved seized on the opportunity to market bridal sets that included an engagement and wedding band for her with an additional corresponding wedding band for him. By ensuring a complete set in one immediate purchase, couples could marry straight away and endure the war knowing they each had an abiding sweetheart awaiting their reunion-- of course, the ArtCarved rings on their fingers served as tangible boosts of courage and love. With a marketing mission to foster joy in broken times and celebrate the purity and power of love, ArtCarved became an iconic anchor of hope during the war.

    During the post-war years, ArtCarved continued to soar, and was worn and endorsed by celebrities of all kinds, including Elizabeth Taylor, who donned an ArtCarved original upon her proposal from Conrad Nicholson "Nicky" Hilton Jr. in 1950. As one of America’s most beloved jewelry staples, ArtCarved has been a dependable source for innovative and classic jewelry design and punctuates both manufacturing processes and cultural trendsetting.

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