AN EDWARDIAN STAMP CASE
cases began to be produced toward the end of 19th century using gold,
silver and wood. Some of the earliest British stamp boxes date from the
1880s, when the silver stamp case came into regular production.
In 1888, James Allen of Birmingham registered a pocket letter scales/stamp
holder, which he made in silver and brass.
Production of stamp cases offered a wide array of combination with one, two, three and
occasionally four different compartments; one for matches, one for a
striker and a third compartment which could be used as a stamp
Compartments had often a sloping base to aid the extraction
of stamps and few examples were fitted with flat sprung dispensers.
Many stamp boxes were created in the 1890s when the advent of popular
travel and the appearance of tourist novelties were beginning to be
The most popular shape of novelty box was the envelope
style stamp case which were made in enormous quantities, mostly in
silver. Furniture was another popular form explored in great depth, as
were other domestic articles such as a wheelbarrow and a postbox.
This stamp case has the shape of an envelope and was manufactured in
Blrmingham by silversmith AL LT on 1903.