Beautiful Refurbished Inlaid Rosewood Antique Jewellery Box

( JB616 )
SOLD ~ Please contact us if you’re looking for a similar box and we will endeavour to source one for you!

Beautiful late Victorian jewellery box, circa 1870/1880. Wonderful Rosewood veneer plus beautiful inlaid mother of pearl features and pewter stringing. Stunning refurbished interior with raspberry red satin panels and patterned paper linings. Working lock and key.

Beautiful Refurbished Inlaid Rosewood Antique Jewellery Box


This is an absolutely beautiful Victorian jewellery box, dating to 1870/1880. The interior has been beautifully refurbished yet also retains some original linings. The box has a working lock and key.

The Exterior

This box has beautiful Rosewood veneer that has a rich warm colour and stunning figuration. The lid and front have large inlaid Mother of Pearl features and there is a complementary inlaid Mother of Pearl escutcheon to the keyhole. The pearl has a lovely iridescent shine! The lid and front are further decorated with frames of inlaid pewter stringing.

The bottom of the box has a soft felt covering that will protect the surfaces of furniture.

The box is complete with its original stop hinges which hold the lid upright. It also has a fully working lock. The lock is a genuine Victorian period replacement which has its original fitted key.

A press cutting thought to be taken from a 1960s Cambridgeshire newspaper was found in this box during its refurbishment. This is likely a connection to a previous owner and is a wonderful piece of social history! The cutting has an article of a lady reminiscing over her 60-year career in the clothing and drapery business. She also speaks about her memories of the 1920s fashion trends. On the reverse, it has soccer news and fixtures. The cutting has been laminated to preserve its good condition and is included in the sale of this box.

The Interior

The entire interior has been newly refurbished and looks absolutely stunning! It also features some of its original linings. All of the refurbishment has been carried out by our very skilled box restorer.

There is a new removable hardwood storage tray at the top that has been beautifully French polished and stained. The tray has three large storage compartments that are an ideal size and depth for narrow/medium width bangles, bracelets, watches and other jewellery. These lovely beautifully partitioned compartments enable you to keep specific types of jewellery separate - perhaps laying out chains and necklaces in one, keeping smaller pieces such as rings, earrings and pendants etc in another, and larger pieces such as bracelets and bangles in the remaining.

There is a large spacious single compartment beneath the tray. This will hold a good amount of jewellery. It is deep enough and roomy enough to store larger pieces of jewellery such as broad bangles and watches, and chunky beads.

All of the compartments have new bespoke handmade satin panels. The panels to the bases are padded, providing cushioned protection for jewellery. The tray has lovely new textured ribbon pulls which enable you to lift it out of the box with ease. The bottom of the tray has a new felt covering.

The top section of the walls to the lower compartment have new high-quality floral patterned paper linings. Please see the close up image provided to see the pattern in greater detail.

The inside of the lid has a matching padded satin panel, plus its original antique patterned paper linings to the walls. This paper has a lovely dotted crosshatch/star print. It is a beautiful original feature of the interior and is in such lovely condition that we left it in situ.

The satin is a beautiful raspberry red shade. The new paper linings are a light cream shade with contrasting darker cream floral motifs.

Our Jewellery Box Restorer

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


This beautiful box is in excellent condition. It has sound structure and only minor light wear that is commensurate with age and honest use.

All of the Mother of Pearl inlay is still present.

The hinges and lock are still in good working order. The key securely locks the box.

All of the refurbished satin panels and paper linings are in immaculate condition, being new. There is one teeny manufacturing flaw to the satin of the panel to the inside of the lid. This is barely noticeable.

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 malfunction from further age and use once boxes are purchased. Please ensure the lock is still working as soon as you receive your 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:  25.3cm
Width:    17.4cm
Height:   11.0cm

Storage Tray - Centre Compartment:

13.5 by 7.7cm with a 2.7cm depth.

Storage Tray - Left and Right Compartments:

13.5 by 6.3cm with a 2.7cm depth.

Lower Large Single Compartment:

22.0 by 15.0cm with a 4.9cm depth.


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

Please visit our Orders And Delivery page for further details.

NO International postage. We are very sorry but we cannot offer international postage on this particular box. This is due to the legalities of the Rosewood veneer.

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