The Allure of Antique Boxes

The Allure of Antique Boxes
A captivating trio of nineteenth-century boxes, pictured above, creates an elegant vignette. Above to below: This mahogany Georgian tea caddy is embellished with brass feet and an ivory-framed keyhole. An English writing slope features intricate geometric-band marquetry. Accented with brass corners, this English campaign-style writing slope has a secret drawer for important documents.

Text Kimber Mitchell
Photography Stephanie Welbourne Steele

To discover more carefully preserved antique treasures, see “The Allure of Antique Boxes” on page 71 of the January/February 2013 issue.

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  1. Ah, I remember this issue very well and this article was of particular delight !

    I also have a small collection of mahogany boxes – mostly with ash inlay work. Nothing to the level of those pictured above, but they add so much charm and warmth to my home. Not to mention, a great way to store small items which don’t get lost or disturbed .

    God bless !

    Brandon Hartford
    Te Deum Cottage

  2. Collecting Boxes is one of my many hobbies. I relate it to the many times my family moved when I was a child. No matter how much “Stuff” we had, it was always moved because it was special to us and the way we could stay connected to old friends, past homes and neighborhood and relatives. As a result, I have developed a program about my favorite boxes and how they became special.

  3. I have a collection of boxes that I use for practical purposes. They are wonderful at hiding items that are often used, but not a pleasure to see. I have these beautiful boxes all over my home, whereverI have things that I need to use but that I want to keep hidden; Phone chargers, remote controls etc in the living room, feminine products in the restroom, make up supplies on the counter. Their uses are endless


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