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This is a stylish French antique jewellery box with a beautiful Thuya wood veneer. It is complete with its original lock and key, and also has its original brass stop hinges which prevent the lid from falling right back.
There is a beautiful shaped brass cartouche on the lid which can be personalised with an engraved name or date if desired. This is an original feature of the box and its fairly rare to find a cartouche which is blank! Personalising the cartouche will make the box that extra bit more special for giving as a gift. Key Cutter's usually offer an engraving service at a very reasonable price.
The Thuya wood veneer has beautiful figuration and a rich deep colour. There is a description about this variety of wood further down this page.
The interior has a deeply buttoned, quilted silk panel, to the inside of the lid. It also has matching silk linings to the walls. All of this is original to the box.
There is a single compartment in the bottom of the box which has been refurbished with a new padded silk panel. This is in keeping with the original panel which we replaced due to it being overly worn.
A new felt cover has been added to the base of the box, to protect the surfaces of your furniture.
All of the new additions have been carried out by our skilled box restorer.
About Thuya Wood
Thuya is native to the Atlas mountains of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. There are also small settlements of it in Malta and South East Spain. Thuya was a much favoured wood by French box makers throughout the Victorian period.
Early Victorian, circa 1850.
This box is in excellent antique condition. It is structurally sound and has very little wear for its 160 plus years of age.
There are some minor fine surface lines to the veneer, just around the edges of the lid. These are not at all unsightly and are not a result of damage.
The original silk panel and linings are still very beautiful! They have no splits or fraying. There is some minor light spotting to the satin linings on the interior walls.
Please use the following measurements to ensure the box is the right size for your requirements.
29.5 by 8.5cm with a 3.8cm depth.
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