Large Refurbished Inlaid Antique Sewing And Jewellery Box

( JB516 )
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Beautiful large Victorian box with a wonderful Walnut veneer and beautiful Mother of Pearl and Abalone shell inlay. Beautiful partially refurbished interior with a mix of new and original silk, satin and velvet linings. Working lock and key.

Large Refurbished Inlaid Antique Sewing & Jewellery Box

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This is a beautiful large Victorian box for the storage of both jewellery and sewing items. It has a stunning partially refurbished interior, alongside some of its original beautiful linings. The box dates to 1880/1890 and has its original working lock and key.

The Exterior

This box has beautiful Walnut veneer which has wonderful colour and superb figuration.

There is fabulous inlaid Mother of Pearl and Abalone shell decoration on the lid and a complementary inlaid Mother of Pearl and Abalone shell escutcheon to the keyhole. All of this inlay is set beautifully flush into the Walnut.

The box is complete with its original brass lock and key, plus its original brass hinges. These are high-quality stop hinges which hold the lid upright.

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

The Interior

The interior has been partially refurbished and has a lovely combination of both new and original linings. There is an original lift out tray at the top and a very large single compartment beneath.

The Storage Tray

The storage tray has multiple different sized compartments, plus padded pincushions and 3 out of 4 of its original tools.

The centre compartment of the tray is lidded with its lid holding the tools that are mentioned above. These all have beautiful Mother of Pearl handles.

The front left and right compartments are also lidded with each lid having beautiful Mother of Pearl handles. These have pretty engraved flowers upon them.

There is a lovely lift out holder behind the centre compartment which was designed to hold silk threads.

The narrow front compartment, plus the thread holder and all 3 lids, have their original navy blue silk coverings.

The pincushions are located on either side of the thread holder. These have their original navy blue velvet coverings. These can be used for their original purpose and/or for holding small stick pins or brooches.

The rear rectangular compartment has been beautifully refurbished. This has brand new cream satin linings and a new padded cream satin panel in the base. This provides cushioned protection for jewellery. This compartment is the ideal shape and size for laying out chains and necklaces.

The exterior walls, lidded compartments, and top edges of the tray, all have their original silver foil linings.

The tray has its original blue silk pull tabs which enable you to lift it out of the box with ease.

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

The Large Lower Compartment

This is a single large compartment which is deep and very spacious. It will hold a vast amount of jewellery, including large pieces such as bangles, watches and beads.

The base of this compartment has a brand new padded cream satin panel. This provides cushioned protection for jewellery.

The inside of the lid is absolutely stunning! This has its original ruffled silk panel and its original fitted mirror. The mirror is beautifully framed with its original cream silk rope trim. The ruffled silk is a beautiful deep navy blue shade. This complements the silk and velvet linings in the tray.

The interior walls of the lid and lower compartment have new high-quality paper linings. These are pale cream and have a beautiful navy blue star and polka dot pattern. This paper has been professionally added, sometime in the last 5-10 years. It is evident that this paper was thoughtfully chosen. Its colour complements the original blue silk and it has a pattern likened to what you would see on original Victorian paper.

Our own skilled restorer has added the cream satin linings and panels. He has thoughtfully chosen this shade to complement the paper and silk rope trim.

The bottom of the box has a green felt covering which will protect the surfaces of furniture. This is relatively new and was most likely added at the same time as the interior patterned paper.

Our Jewellery Box Restorer

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


This beautiful box is still in very good condition. It has sound structure and no unsightly damage.

All of the inlay is present and intact.

The mirror is still clear and has no chips or cracks.

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

The interior original silk and velvet linings are still in very good condition with only minor light wear and just a little fading to the colour. They are still neatly fitted and have no splits or fraying.

The brand new satin panels and linings, being new, are in immaculate unused condition. The patterned paper is still very nice and clean also.

Notes About Antique Locks

We would like to make you aware that antique locks can occasionally malfunction. They are already very old and 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:   30.0cm
Width:    21.9cm
Height:   14.4cm

Lower Large Single Compartment:

27.5 by 19.2cm with a 6.0cm depth.

Storage Tray - Rear Compartment:

26.2 by 4.7cm with a 1.7cm depth.

Storage Tray - Centre Compartment:

13.2 by 7.3cm with a 1.5cm depth.

Storage Tray - Front Narrow compartment:

13.8 by 3.5cm with a 1.7cm depth.

Storage Tray - Front Left & Right Compartments:

7.2 by 5.9cm with a 1.6cm 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 on this particular box, due to its large size and weight.

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