Antique French Exotic Wood Jewellery Box

( JB320 )

Superb antique French jewellery box, made in the 19th C during the reign of Napoleon III. Fabulous exotic Amboyna burl wood veneer. Stunning refurbished satin lined interior.

Antique French Exotic Wood Jewellery Box

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This is a fabulous antique French jewellery box, dating to the reign of Napoleon III. It has been renovated and refurbished by our skilled box restorer and is complete with its original working lock and key.

The Exterior

The exterior is veneered with a beautiful variety of exotic Amboyna Burl wood. This has superb figuration and a wonderful vibrant colour.

The edges of the box have dark ebonised mouldings which highlight the beautiful colour of the veneer.

There is a very large, moulded, bas relief plaque to the lid, which is probably made of Vulcanite.

There is a lovely brass escutcheon to the keyhole and the box is complete with its original hinges (left and right) and lock. These are superb high quality hinges with beautiful engraved decoration.

The Exterior Renovation

Our restorer has replaced some of the ebonised edges as a proportion of these were missing. He has also made new feet for the box, in the exact design of the originals which were worn.

The central hinge was added by our restorer to keep the lid in an upright position. The lock keep in the lid is a replacement.

The Amboyna Burl wood veneer has been cleaned and beautifully refinished with French polish.

About Amboyna Burl Wood

Amboyna Burl is an exotic wood from the Pterocarpus Indicus genus. Its name derived from Amboyna Island, one of the places the tree can be found. The tree and wood is sometimes referred to as 'Narra' but in Burl form it is known as Amboyna. This wood was much favoured by French box and cabinet makers because of its beautiful appearance.

The Interior

The interior has been beautifully refurbished by our skilled box restorer. It has a new hardwood storage tray with multiple compartments and this is seated above the original base compartment. The tray has been beautifully French polished and has gilt decoration to the edges.

The inside of the lid and large base compartment have new padded blue satin panels. The walls of the base compartment have new quality paper linings.

The compartments in the tray have new blue satin linings and the base of the tray has a new felt covering. There are new silk pull tabs to the top of the tray which enable you to lift it out with ease.

Our Skilled 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 for its 160 plus years of age. Our skilled box restorer has brought it back to its former glory.

There is a minor hairline crack on the bottom of the box which does not affect its structure.

The interior satin and paper linings are in excellent unworn condition, being new.

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 malfunction from further age and use once boxes are purchased.

The lock will be checked prior to posting but please ensure it is working as soon as you receive your 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:  26.0cm
Width:   19.0cm
Height:    8.5cm

Storage Tray - Front & Centre Compartments x 2:

22.0 by 4.8cm with a 2.8cm depth.

Storage Tray - Rear Centre Compartment:

11.3 by 4.8cm with a 2.8cm depth.

Storage Tray - Rear Left & Right Compartments:

4.8cm square with a 2.8cm depth.

Large Base Compartment:

22.0 by 17.2cm with a 2.4cm depth.


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

International Postage is by Royal Mail International Tracked and/or Signed For post. Delivery is fast, within 3-5 working days to Europe and 5-7 working days to the rest of the world.

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