Vintage Mid 20th C Kashmir Carved Walnut Jewellery Box

( JB677 )
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Lovely mid 20th century hand-carved vintage jewellery box from Kashmir, India. The interior has its original linings.

Vintage Mid 20th C Kashmir Carved Walnut Jewellery Box

  FREE UK NEXT DAY DELIVERY.  We Ship Worldwide.

This is a lovely small vintage Indian jewellery box, made in Kashmir and dating to the mid 20th century. It has beautiful hand-carved decoration and its original interior linings.

The Exterior

This box is made of solid Walnut. It has intricate high relief carving to the lid and all four sides. The carving has been done by hand by a highly skilled master craftsman. The carved decoration features beautiful leaves and berries from the Chinar tree (Oriental plane). The leaves are crisply carved and have beautiful vein detail. Further information on this tree can be found below.

Further information on the carving can also be found below.

The box is complete with its original brass hinges and screws.

The bottom of the box has INDIA inscribed upon it in fine lettering.

The Carving

This type of Kashmiri carving to Walnut wood is known as 'Dhun hath kaem' (translated Walnut wood work) or more simply 'Dhoon kaem' (translated Walnut work). It uses a method of hand carving which is done very carefully and delicately, with measured strokes of chipping, carving and rounding. The carving usually depicts organic forms and motifs and the work is carried out by a master craftsman (known as a Wasta or Naqash).

The Interior

The interior has a single storage compartment. This, as well as the inside of the lid, have their original violet/blue felt linings. The felt is beautifully surrounded by decorative wood frames.

The Chinar Tree

This tree forms an integral part of Kahmiri culture. Almost every village in the Kashmir Valley region has a Chinar tree which is revered. This majestic tree figures notably in Kashmir's literature, politics, religion and romance. If you walk around Srinagar in Autumn, you'll see its leaves have stunning colourful hues of blood red, mauve, amber and yellow. The oldest Chinar tree in Kashmir is believed to be 700 years old. There is a strict ban on cutting these trees which host migratory birds from Siberia and Russia.


This box is in excellent vintage condition with very little wear despite its age. It has sound structure and there is no apparent damage to the carvings.

The hinges are still in good working order.

The interior linings are still in good condition. They are neatly fitted and have no splits.


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

Length:  15.0cm
Width:    11.0cm
Height:     6.3cm

Interior Compartment:

12.3 by 8.5cm with a 4.3cm depth.


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

International postage is £30 by Royal Mail International Tracked and/or Signed For postage. Delivery is fast, within 3-5 working days to Europe and 5-7 working days to the rest of the world. Delivery may be longer depending on the speed of your local postal service and/or if your parcel has to go through customs. Please note that we cannot deliver to international PO boxes as we use a secure insured postal service that requires a signature.

Customs and VAT fees

International customers are responsible for paying any applicable customs duties, customs clearance/handling fees and/or VAT. These fees are NOT included in the prices of our boxes or our postage fees.

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