Beautiful 1930s Madeiran Marquetry Jewellery Box

( JB368 )

Beautiful Madeiran marquetry inlaid box, dating to the 1930s. Complete with working lock and key. Newly refurbished satin lined interior.

Beautiful 1930s Madeiran Marquetry Inlaid Jewellery Box

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

The Exterior

The lid has a beautiful marquetry inlaid panel, surrounded by a geometric inlaid frame. The marquetry features a couple in a Madeiran Oxen carriage (carros de bois), pulled by Bullocks and attended by men in traditional period Portuguese costume. There are also beautiful budded flowers on the panel.

The box is complete with its original working lock and key. It has quality solid brass replacement '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. This and the hinges have been added by our skilled box restorer.

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 plus the inside of the lid, all have new satin linings. The satin is a beautiful teal blue 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 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 excellent condition. It is of sound structure and has 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.

Notes About Antique Locks

We would like to make you aware that antique locks can suddenly malfunction at any time. They are already very old and 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.

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:  28.1cm
Width:   16.0cm
Height:    9.5cm

Interior Compartment:

25.0 by 13.1cm with a 6.3cm depth.


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

International postage is £25. Delivery is fast, within 3-5 working days to Europe and 5-7 working days to the rest of the world. Delivery is by Royal Mail International Signed For post.

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