Pill Boxes

For almost as long as patients have taken oral medications, daily doses have been stored away and organized in pill boxes. Collectible pill boxes are artifacts of more civilized points in history when storage was as much an art form as it was a functional need.

Antique pill boxes were handcrafted from a range of materials, often made of tin, copper, jade, gold, silver, or bone. Some of the earliest examples were carved from wood, the most readily accessible medium at the time.

Pill boxes created by skilled artisans using sophisticated techniques tend to do well at auction. These include repoussé, mosaics, enameling, and figure sculpting. Collectors often seek out antique Chinese and Italian silver boxes and those created by notable jewelers and designers as well.

For collectors, no matter how simple or ornate the exterior, vintage pill boxes have a mysterious quality. They denote a trace of something that has witnessed days past, providing a visible vestige of a simpler yet more refined era, and offering a small reminder of a time when the decorative arts stood at the height of combined utilitarianism and artistry.


Quick Facts

  • An early 20th-century Russian round gold enameled pill box set with diamonds sold for €5,250 in 2013 at Christie’s in Amsterdam
  • A 1940s Van Cleef & Arpels square pill box once owned by the Duchess of Windsor sold in a 1987 Sotheby’s auction for €31,250, dwarfing its €8,000 high estimate. The box features a ballerina formed from calibré-cut sapphires, a heart-shaped ruby, and a rose diamond
  • In 2008, a nine carat gold circular engine turned pill box by Cartier from the estate of an unnamed nobleman sold at a Christie's auction for £625

Recommended Items at Auction

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A Pair of Georg Jensen Silver and Hardstone Cabochon-Inset Pill Boxes
Oct 18, 10:00 AM CDT
A Pair of Georg Jensen Silver and Hardstone Cabochon-Inset Pill Boxes
by Hindman
Est: $200- $300
$1004 Bids
A Modernist Silver and Carnelian Mounted Pill Box
Oct 18, 10:00 AM CDT
A Modernist Silver and Carnelian Mounted Pill Box
by Hindman
Est: $200- $300
$502 Bids
Vintage Chatelaine Sterling Silver Pill Case
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Chatelaine Sterling Silver Pill Case
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Gucci Interlocking "G" Pill Box on Gold Tone Chain in Original Box
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
Gucci Interlocking "G" Pill Box on Gold Tone Chain in Original Box
by Dana J. Tharp Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$1501 Bid
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3 Silver Pill Boxes
Nov 03, 10:00 AM EDT
3 Silver Pill Boxes
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $40- $80
$201 Bid
PILL BOX
Oct 20, 10:00 AM CEST
PILL BOX
by International Art Sale Italy
Est: €1,000- €1,400
€5000 Bids
PILL BOX
Oct 20, 10:00 AM CEST
PILL BOX
by International Art Sale Italy
Est: €900- €1,200
€4500 Bids
Bottle of Water Decontamination Pills, "Halazone"
Nov 16, 12:00 PM EST
Bottle of Water Decontamination Pills, "Halazone"
by Willow Auction House
Est: $40- $60
$200 Bids
CHILD & CHILD, LONDON ARTS & CRAFTS PLIQUE-A-JOUR PILL BOX, CIRCA 1905
Oct 20, 10:00 AM BST
CHILD & CHILD, LONDON ARTS & CRAFTS PLIQUE-A-JOUR PILL BOX, CIRCA 1905
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £400- £600
£2000 Bids
A SILVER-GILT AND GUILLOCHÉ ENAMEL PILL BOX WITH A MEDAL CO
Nov 04, 10:00 AM CET
A SILVER-GILT AND GUILLOCHÉ ENAMEL PILL BOX WITH A MEDAL CO
by Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf
Est: €1,500- €3,000
€1,5000 Bids
An early 20th century Siamese (Thai) silver and niello pill box, probably Bangkok circa 1930
Oct 20, 10:00 AM BST
An early 20th century Siamese (Thai) silver and niello pill box, probably Bangkok circa 1930
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £100- £150
£100 Bids
Turquoise inlaid Southwestern pill box
Nov 17, 6:00 PM EST
Turquoise inlaid Southwestern pill box
by Captain Ahab's Antiques
Est: $30- $75
$250 Bids
A SMALL DUTCH SILVER PILL BOX 1.5ins diameter.
Oct 21, 10:30 AM BST
A SMALL DUTCH SILVER PILL BOX 1.5ins diameter.
by John Nicholsons Fine Art Auctioneer & Valuer
Est: £50- £60
£450 Bids
A Sterling Silver Pill Box
Oct 17, 1:00 PM EDT
A Sterling Silver Pill Box
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $75- $750
$700 Bids
LOT CONSISTING OF FIVE SMALL FAVORS IN 800/1000 SILVER
Oct 19, 3:30 PM CEST
LOT CONSISTING OF FIVE SMALL FAVORS IN 800/1000 SILVER
by Casa d'aste ARCADIA
Est: €75- €100
€600 Bids
PILLBOX IN GILDED STERLING SILVER AND RED ENAMEL, SALIMBENE SILVERSMITH, FLORENCE SIXTIES
Oct 19, 3:30 PM CEST
PILLBOX IN GILDED STERLING SILVER AND RED ENAMEL, SALIMBENE SILVERSMITH, FLORENCE SIXTIES
by Casa d'aste ARCADIA
Est: €160- €200
€1600 Bids
Tiffany & Co Sterling Silver Photo Frame, Calendar & Pill Box - Group of Tiffany & Co vintage Sterling includes:
Oct 19, 4:00 PM EDT
Tiffany & Co Sterling Silver Photo Frame, Calendar & Pill Box - Group of Tiffany & Co vintage Sterling includes:
by Bill Hood & Sons Arts & Antiques Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
ENSEMBLE DE DEUX BOITES A PILLULES
Oct 21, 10:30 AM CEST
ENSEMBLE DE DEUX BOITES A PILLULES
by HVMC - Hôtel des Ventes de Monte-Carlo
Est: €400- €600
€4000 Bids
A Marked Enamel Pill Box
Oct 17, 1:00 PM EDT
A Marked Enamel Pill Box
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $45- $450
$450 Bids
[HOTEL DU PALAIS - Biarritz]
Oct 30, 2:00 PM CEST
[HOTEL DU PALAIS - Biarritz]
by Côte Basque Enchères
Est: €50- €100
€500 Bids
Vintage gold tone red and orange rhinestones square shape pill mint box
Oct 19, 7:00 PM EDT
Vintage gold tone red and orange rhinestones square shape pill mint box
by Omni Auction Corp
Est: $20- $30
$80 Bids
An Imperial Japan Sterling Pill Box
Oct 17, 1:00 PM EDT
An Imperial Japan Sterling Pill Box
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
An Enamel Pill Box
Oct 17, 1:00 PM EDT
An Enamel Pill Box
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Pill Boxes


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Copake Auction Inc.

Copake Auction Inc.

Hindman

Hindman

Barry S. Slosberg Inc

Barry S. Slosberg Inc