Trinket Boxes

Trinket boxes are small cases or caskets used to hold jewelry, curiosities, and other small, precious objects. They are made of an assortment of materials, including porcelain, ivory, wood, and paper mache, and typically kept on dressers or hidden away in jewelry boxes or drawers.

Although trinket boxes have been used for thousands of years, they became especially popular during the 18th century. Jacques Turgot, the Finance Minister of King Louis XVI of France, granted the city of Limoges the exclusive title to produce royal porcelain. Limoges boxes became a sensation throughout the kingdom, and consumers purchased needle boxes, powder boxes, snuff boxes, and jewelry boxes to keep in their homes. The craze for trinket boxes continued into the Victorian period, when women filled their caskets with knick-knacks and souvenirs purchased during their travels. During this period, most trinket boxes were decorated with delicate designs depicting children, flowers, animals, and scenes derived from classical mythology.

The most widely known and expensive type of trinket boxes are Russian Fabergé Eggs, produced during the 1890s and early 1900s for the Russian Tsar and Tsarina. Decorated with gold and precious gems, Fabergé Eggs continue to be highly sought-after items at auction today.


Quick Facts

  • On November 28, 2007, Christie’s London sold a jeweled, multi-colored, gold-mounted, and enameled Fabergé egg on a plinth, incorporating a clock and an automaton, from 1902 for $18,499,830
  • On April 19, 2002, Christie’s New York sold a Fabergé imperial Easter egg given by Tsar Nicholas II to his mother, the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna, in 1913 for $9,579,500
  • During the early 20th century, Art Nouveau trinket boxes were made of metal and sometimes lined with velvet, satin, faille, or silk

Recommended Items at Auction

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Italian Micro Mosaic Gilt Box
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Italian Micro Mosaic Gilt Box
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$4010 Bids
Sterling Silver Trinket Box LOT 329
Oct 17, 5:00 PM EDT
Sterling Silver Trinket Box LOT 329
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$448 Bids
French 18th Cent. 18kt Gold Box
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
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Est: $1,000- $5,000
$2,2507 Bids
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Rare D.C. Comics BATMAN Russian Made Nesting Dolls
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$555 Bids
Gorgeous FABERGE Enamel Cinderella Carriage Trinket Box
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Gorgeous FABERGE Enamel Cinderella Carriage Trinket Box
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$145 Bids
Awesome FABERGE Timepiece Enameled Egg Trinket Box
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Awesome FABERGE Timepiece Enameled Egg Trinket Box
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$455 Bids
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MID-CENTURY MODERN SALVADOR TERAN BRASS STONE MOSAIC BOX
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
MID-CENTURY MODERN SALVADOR TERAN BRASS STONE MOSAIC BOX
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$555 Bids
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UNKNOWN MATERIAL TRINKET BOX
Oct 19, 12:00 PM EDT
UNKNOWN MATERIAL TRINKET BOX
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$115 Bids
FABERGE Inspired Enameled & Studded Russian LEOPARD Trinket Box
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
FABERGE Inspired Enameled & Studded Russian LEOPARD Trinket Box
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$284 Bids
FABERGE Inspired Enameled & Studded Russian LEOPARD Trinket Box
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
FABERGE Inspired Enameled & Studded Russian LEOPARD Trinket Box
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$404 Bids
Large FABERGE Jeweled & Enameled Peacock Trinket Box
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Large FABERGE Jeweled & Enameled Peacock Trinket Box
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$504 Bids
FABERGE Enameled & Jeweled Peacock Egg Trinket Box
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
FABERGE Enameled & Jeweled Peacock Egg Trinket Box
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$504 Bids
Gorgeous FABERGE Enamel Cinderella Carriage Trinket Box
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Gorgeous FABERGE Enamel Cinderella Carriage Trinket Box
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$1104 Bids
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VINTAGE GARY WEBER TRIANGULAR WOOD TRINKET BOX
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
VINTAGE GARY WEBER TRIANGULAR WOOD TRINKET BOX
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$453 Bids
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STONE TRINKET BOX
Oct 19, 12:00 PM EDT
STONE TRINKET BOX
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$33 Bids
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LATCHING TRINKET BOX
Oct 19, 12:00 PM EDT
LATCHING TRINKET BOX
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$53 Bids
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METAL APPLE TRINKET BOX
Oct 19, 12:00 PM EDT
METAL APPLE TRINKET BOX
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$83 Bids
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(6) PIECE LADIES VINTAGE VANITY GROUP
Oct 21, 5:00 PM EDT
(6) PIECE LADIES VINTAGE VANITY GROUP
by Leighton Galleries
Est: $300- $400
$1502 Bids
Russian Erotica Hand Painted Lacquer Box
Oct 20, 6:00 PM EDT
Russian Erotica Hand Painted Lacquer Box
by Napoleon's Fine Art
Est: $250- $500
$1752 Bids
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VINTAGE ROYAL COPENHAGEN FAIENCE CERAMIC TRINKET BOX BY JOHANNE GERBER
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
VINTAGE ROYAL COPENHAGEN FAIENCE CERAMIC TRINKET BOX BY JOHANNE GERBER
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
Large FABERGE Jeweled & Enameled Peacocks Trinket Box
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Large FABERGE Jeweled & Enameled Peacocks Trinket Box
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$142 Bids
Rare NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS Russian Made Nesting Dolls
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Rare NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS Russian Made Nesting Dolls
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$122 Bids
DONALD TRUMP Russian Made Nesting Dolls
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
DONALD TRUMP Russian Made Nesting Dolls
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$62 Bids
Jo Marz Artist Tramp Art Box Cased in Copper Tone Tin, with Red Cabochon Stone
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Jo Marz Artist Tramp Art Box Cased in Copper Tone Tin, with Red Cabochon Stone
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids

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