Victorian and Edwardian examples of trinket boxes are far more common. This is because owning jewellery was a luxury until the Victorian era- let alone possessing so much a box was needed to store it all. Fine jewellery and other items became available to the masses after the industrial revolution due to the reduction in production costs.
This led to a demand for trinket boxes, which were much smaller than jewellery boxes and therefore better suited to the needs of the middle class who did not yet possess an abundance of jewellery.
In Victorian households, collectables and other items of interested were also stashed inside these boxes. This is why they are known as ‘trinket boxes’ rather than just ‘jewellery boxes’, although of course jewellery was also stored in them.
Trinket boxes were produced in large numbers around this time. Many were lined with coloured plush or velvet. More elaborate designs had interior divisions and trays for rings and other pieces of jewellery. It was also common to see trinket boxes so small that they could only contain one item, such as a single ring. Ornate exteriors were created to reflect the value of the trinket boxes contents.
The Edwardian era saw the introduction of new styles of trinket box. These included small circular or oblong boxes that stood on cabriole legs. These often featured lids made of tortoiseshell or other luxurious materials.
Novelty trinket boxes were popular in the early 20th century. These frequently had false drawer fronts and cupboard doors, although some were created which did feature multiple individual drawers used to hold only one ring.