antique french gilt ormolu beveled glass jewelry caskets
where to look: i often find these boxes at genuine antique markets, shops and fairs. seek dealers or shops that specialize in pre 1900 antiques. i also spot them frequently on etsy and ebay - use the description above in your search.
collectors tip: modern imitations and replicas exist - examine the piece carefully for the character and patina of age. the metal should show some tarnish, the glass will appear imperfect or flawed and the interior fabric, commonly silk, should show some wear.