Inlaid French Exotic Wood Antique Jewellery Box

( JB412 )
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Antique French jewellery box made of exotic woods. Napoleon III, circa 1860. Beautiful inlay to the lid. New satin panel and linings to the compartment. Original silk panel and linings inside the lid.

Inlaid French Exotic Wood Antique Jewellery Box

This is a beautiful French antique jewellery box. It dates to the reign of Napoleon III, circa 1860/1870.

The Exterior

This box has a stunning Amboyna burl wood veneer.

There is a beautiful inlaid feature on the lid, consisting of Kingwood, Ebony, Mother of Pearl and engraved polished Brass. The feature is surrounded by a frame of beautiful Ebony banding and inlaid Bone stringing.

The edges of the lid are beautifully angled and veneered with Rosewood.

There is a lovely inset brass escutcheon to the keyhole, set flush into the wood.

The box is complete with its original brass stop hinges which hold the lid upright. It is also complete with its original working brass lock and period key.

The lock is a quality French lock with a double locking mechanism. Please see further details about this below.

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

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 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 a single storage compartment. This has a new padded cream satin panel in the base and new cream satin linings to the walls. The new linings are beautifully finished with blue/green satin cord trim which was salvaged from the original damaged linings of the compartment. The refurbishment has been carried out by our skilled box restorer.

The inside of the lid has its original deeply padded silk panel and its original silk linings to the walls. The panel is beautifully quilted and has retained its original silk covered buttons. The silk is a beautiful blue/green colour, matching the colour of the cord trim in the compartment.

The edges of the inside of the lid and top edges of the compartment have Ebony veneer.

Our Skilled Box Restorer

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


This box originally started life as an expensive ladies glove box. It is now more suitable as a beautiful and functional box for jewellery storage.


This wonderful box is in excellent condition for its 140/150 years of age. It is structurally sound and has no nasty cracks or scratches.

All of the inlay, banding and stringing, is present and secure.

There is a small piece of veneer missing to the front left corner of the lid and a small piece of Ebony missing to the top edge of the compartment on the front right corner. 

The new interior satin panel and linings are in excellent unused clean condition.

There is some discolouration/staining/marks to the original silk panel/silk linings to the inside of the lid. This is as we'd expect on original linings of this age.

The hinges are still in perfect working order and the box locks securely.

Details of the French Lock

This beautiful box has a wonderful French lock which was designed to deter thieves from stealing its contents. It was cleverly designed so that its key could be turned TWICE, to both lock and unlock the box. The idea was that an intruder would believe the lock to be faulty when it did not open upon just one turn of the key! The lock can, however, be operated with just one turn of the key if desired.

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.

Please ensure the lock is still 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:  31.3cm
Width:   10.6cm
Height:    8.5cm

Interior Compartment:

28.8 by 7.8cm with a 5.0cm depth.


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

International Postage is £15. 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 Tracked and/or Signed For postage.

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