Beautiful Old and Vintage Wooden Jewellery Boxes
For centuries, people have used wooden boxes and baskets to store their belongings, from writing boxes during the Victorian era to 1970’s metal tins for keeping tobacco fresh. These days, the most common type of small storage is the humble jewellery box; a place to keep the most precious and treasured items safe. They can be found anywhere; from a department store to a professional jewellers – but for something a little more eco-friendly, and with a lot more character, try an antique wooden box from Scaramanga.
Modern storage boxes are often made from new-fangled woods such as plywood, and then decorated to either look sleek and shiny, or antique and aged. Mass produced, and manufactured with no ethical priorities, they rarely last and contribute to deforestation throughout the world – choosing to use one of Scaramanga’s sympathetically restored old wooden boxes not only helps to keep your treasures safe, it also keeps your ethical conscience clear.
Available in a wide range of sizes and shapes, Scaramanga’s old wooden chests are the perfect place to keep your jewellery; originally used as places to keep valuables belonging to merchants, or as stationary boxes, each one is entirely unique. Made up of both small and large sections, and secret trays, they vary in size from those at the smaller end of the scale, such as the Brass Bound Wooden Box, £42 which measures W34cmxD20xH17. Small, but perfectly formed, it would be an ideal cufflink holder.
For a more mid-range option, the Old Wooden Stationery Chest, £145 as well as being a larger size, also boasts more compartments and various letter racks than its smaller counterparts.
At the top end of the scale is the larger Old Wedding Chest, £395. The premier of jewellery boxes, this teak trunk is full of decorative finishings, and also comes complete with a small mirror.
Each box is an antique, and is aged between seventy and a hundred years old. Ink marks, stains and small scratches only add to the individual character of the item. So much more than ‘just a box’, these wonderful pieces add a vintage touch to any bedroom or lounge. Brass padlocks of varying sizes are also available to complete the look.