Recently I was looking at the empty containers I have been collecting and I realized I have never mentioned trinkets on my blog. I have quite a few of them, embellished on the top in a variety of designs, sizes and colors. They are beautiful and now is a good time to talk about them.
I was curious about trinket boxes and their history, when they become popular, what people used them for and how they are using them now. So I started searching about them and there is a vast amount of articles out there which pretty much agree on the era when trinkets were first produced and also when they became popular.
Although trinkets and trinket boxes have been around for almost two thousand years, not much is known about these beautiful ornate storage boxes until medieval times.
The word 'trinket' defines "a small impressive ornament, such as a jewel or a ring, or something that is a mere trifle." From Old English trenket (“a sort of knife, hence, probably, a toy knife worn as an ornament”); probably from an Old French dialectic form of trenchier (“to cut”).
From the 17th century on-wards the production of trinket boxes increased mainly in two forms Fabergé eggs and the Limoges Box. Their popularity during the 19th century reached the vanity cases and dressers of women of all classes all over the world. However, before this period, trinkets were only popular among rich people. They were a treasure for royalty and aristocrats who could afford them. But, as jewelry became affordable, jewelry boxes were made also for the middle class.
The Victorian era brought a whole new dimension to trinket boxes. As Victorians filled their homes with souvenirs, they embraced these gorgeous containers, which often featured miniature figures of kids, flowers, or animals on the lids.
The adornments on the top of the trinket boxes would vary according to the designers and client’s whims and fancies. For example this beautiful vintage gold tone jewelry trinket with floral rose ceramic top is made in Japan and is a metal one. It is a heavy one when you compare with the other ones made out of porcelain.
Personally I am interested in particular about egg shapped trinkets. They were firtstly created by Peter Carl Fabergé and if you have had the chance to see any of them, the design is absolutely astonishing. There were about 50 eggs made around the world and only 43 still exists. These were made for the Russian Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II as Easter gifts for their wives and mothers, often called the 'Imperial' Fabergé eggs. While the simple egg shaped trinket were made for women that belong to middle class. I absolutely adore them.
I have 5 egg shaped trinkets similar in size but with different designs. I love all of them equally. The flower design is so beautiful and colorful. It will bring a completely calming atmosphere at your place. These eggs can always be re-used afterwords, it is very easy to get ride off what's left on the bottom when you have used up all of the candle. The wax is soy and with just some hot water and a little bit of soap you can get ride off what's is left. I took some pictures of them recently.
This one is the vintage porcelain egg with roses and a gilt floral hinge.
...this one is also vintage porcelain egg with roses with a gilt floral hinge.
This multi-colored floral porcelain egg trinket box, is so delicate and pretty-the patterns remind me of a Venetian carnival. The colors are very bold and bright.
This green color egg shaped trinket is gorgeous, in great condition. The green and gold colors make for a great combination.
While this one is a pretty floral porcelain egg shaped trinket box covered in bright, colorful flowers.
Although this one is a different type of egg shaped trinket, I wanted it to be part of this collection as it also represents the old, vintage style that I like to bring to you. It is a lot bigger in size compared to the ones above. The design, style is quite different but yet elegant with wonderfully soft pastel colors.
This was my best one that I sold recently at the Brooklyn Bazaar. It was a young girl who approached me around 12:30 pm expressing how beautiful this piece is and she really was into it. She said: I want to buy this piece. I said : Ok but inside me I really did not wanted to give it away. I must say it was one of my favorite.
This vintage collectible Victoria trinket box was just added at my online store. I already poured Honeysuckle Jasmine scented wax into it. It gives off the right amount of softness and warmth.
I also wanted to introduce this vintage trinket called: Vintage Moss Rose Porcelain Trinket Box. Moss Rose China was made by many firms from 1808 to 1900. It has a typical Moss Rose pictured as the design. Although the plant was very popular in Victorian gardens, the bud is unfamiliar to most collectors.
Below is a pair of hand painted Satsuma, Celestial Collection trinket boxes. Very brightly painted, floral along the bottom half, with a figural scene on the lids. Both are marked on bottom, one is 604/5000, the other 526/5000
For those that do not know, Satsuma is a Japanese pottery with a distinctive creamy beige crackled glaze. Most of the pieces were decorated with blue, red, green, orange, or gold. Almost all Satsuma found today was made after 1860, especially during the Meiji Period, 1868-1912.
The price of these beautiful trinkets vary from a couple of dollars to hundreds of dollars depending on their uniqueness. Whether you are a Victorian styled woman in love with these beautiful and delightful pieces or a gentleman interested in their story or in love with the whole idea of collecting vintage items, start with a candle trinket.
Do you already own one? Are you going to buy a trinket for yourself, or as a gift? Are you a collector? Share what you love about these unique antique items.
I will be filling them soon with our wonderful fragrances, so let me know if you want to put a special fragrance in them just for you. You can find a list of fragrances on our site under Mason Jars.