Beautiful Early 20th C Madeiran Marquetry Inlaid Jewellery Box

( JB674 )
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Beautiful Madeiran marquetry inlaid box, dating to the early 20th century. Complete with working lock and key. Newly refurbished satin lined interior.

Beautiful Early 20th C Madeiran Marquetry Inlaid Jewellery Box

FREE UK NEXT DAY DELIVERY. No international postage.

This is a beautiful early 20th century jewellery box, dating to the 1920s/1930s. It was made in Madeira, Portugal, and has high quality marquetry inlay.

The Exterior

This box is made of local Madeiran hardwoods. Its lid has a beautiful large marquetry inlaid panel, surrounded by a geometric inlaid frame. The marquetry features a Madeiran Oxen carriage (carros de bois), pulled by Bullocks and attended by men in traditional period Portuguese costume.

The box is complete with its original working lock and key. It has quality solid brass 'stop' hinges which prevent the lid from falling back.

The bottom of the box has a new felt covering which will protect the surfaces of furniture. 

The Interior

The interior has a single large storage compartment. This is deep and roomy, and will hold a good amount of jewellery, including larger pieces such as watches, bangles and beads.

The interior has been professionally refurbished by our skilled box restorer. There is a new padded satin panel in the base of the compartment, and the interior walls have new satin linings. The satin is a beautiful raspberry red colour.

History/Further Information

This box originates from the island of Madeira, probably from the village of Monte which is high in the hills above the capital city Funchal.

The Oxen carriage depicted in the marquetry is a sedan sled. These carriages with wooden runners were the means of travel during the 1930s in Funchal. Wheeled carriages were regarded as unsuitable because of the city's uneven cobbled roadways, steep hills and sharp bends.

The 'Toboggan run' on which these carriages were used is still operated today by men in traditional costume.

Some printed information relating to the above will be sent along with this box.

Our Jewellery Box Restorer

You can read about Jim, our wonderful box restorer, by visiting our About Us page.


This wonderful box is in very good condition. It has sound structure and only minor light age related wear.

The hinges and lock are in good working order, and the interior linings are excellent, being new.

All of the inlay is present and secure.

There is slight warping to the lid on the right hand side but this does not prevent the box from locking.

Notes About Antique Locks

We would like to make you aware that antique locks can occasionally malfunction. They are already very old and so will naturally have some wear from age and use. We are not responsible for locks that may malfunction from further age and use once boxes are purchased.

Please ensure the lock is working as soon as you receive the box. It will be checked again prior to posting.

You can view our full returns policy which includes locks by visiting our Payments And Returns page.


Please use the following measurements to ensure the box is the right size for your requirements.

Length:  31.8cm
Width:    22.8cm
Height:     9.6cm

Interior Compartment:

28.5 by 19.4cm with a 5.6cm depth.


This box will be posted FREE within the UK by Royal Mail Next Day Special Delivery.

Please view our Orders And Delivery page for full details.

NO International postage. We are very sorry but we are unable to offer international postage on this particular box. This is due to its large size and weight.

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