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Wood Boxes

As a widely available material, wood has been used across the world to create domestic objects for millennia. The extensive variety of trees in different geographic locations, as well as the creativity of woodworkers from diverse cultures, have resulted in an incredible range of practical and decorative woodenware.

While wooden boxes have historically been used to conceal and protect valuable objects, such as jewelry, hairpins, brooches, coins, and other precious objects, they have also been treated as decorative objects in their own right. In 17th-century Europe, for example, women’s work boxes, which had compartments for needles, reels of silk, thread spools, and other essential stitching tools, were often ornamented with delicate carving, inlaid shells, and lacquer finishes. The Arts and Crafts Movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, which valued craftsmanship and old-fashioned artistic techniques, also resulted in the production of countless wooden boxes with elegantly carved details and multimedia elements.

Today, people continue to appreciate wooden boxes for their elegant forms and natural grain patterns. An assortment of boxes made of oak, cherry wood, cedar, pine, and many other types of wood is available at auction for avid collectors of wooden décor.


Quick Facts

  • On May 27, 2009, Christie’s Hong Kong sold a mother-of-pearl inlaid wood seal box, tray, and cover (1279-1368), for $1,246,748
  • Wooden wine boxes, which are often inscribed with the winery’s logo, are widely collected and displayed by restaurants and bars
  • Despite the United States embargo against Cuba in 1962, American tobacco enthusiasts continued to purchase wooden Cuban cigar boxes to enhance their private collections

Recommended Items at Auction

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Rail King Maryland & Pennsylvania 34’ Box Car - 19th Century 6 Car Set #30-7023
Nov 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Rail King Maryland & Pennsylvania 34’ Box Car - 19th Century 6 Car Set #30-7023
by Redding Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$559 Bids
Bentwood box, 19th c.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM EDT
Bentwood box, 19th c.
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $80- $120
$2706 Bids
Fine oval lidded wallpaper covered box attributed to Lancaster Co., PA
Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
Fine oval lidded wallpaper covered box attributed to Lancaster Co., PA
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$1305 Bids
COTTON HERSEY (1792-1888, HINGHAM) RARE MINIATURE
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
COTTON HERSEY (1792-1888, HINGHAM) RARE MINIATURE
by Marion Antique Auctions
Est: $500- $1,000
$4505 Bids
Continental painted dome top box, 19th c.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM EDT
Continental painted dome top box, 19th c.
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $160- $220
$1705 Bids
Vintage Pantry Box with Swing Handle
Nov 07, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage Pantry Box with Swing Handle
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$504 Bids
Antique 1886 Decorated Document Box
Nov 07, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique 1886 Decorated Document Box
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$254 Bids
English Brass Inlaid Oak Box, 19thc.
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
English Brass Inlaid Oak Box, 19thc.
by Neue Auctions
Est: $250- $450
$2004 Bids
Aladdin 1978 Police Patrol Lunch Box and Thermos
Nov 07, 6:00 PM EDT
Aladdin 1978 Police Patrol Lunch Box and Thermos
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$203 Bids
Softwood dough tray/scalding box
Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
Softwood dough tray/scalding box
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$503 Bids
Campbell's Kids Lunch Box with 1968 Thermos
Nov 08, 6:00 PM EST
Campbell's Kids Lunch Box with 1968 Thermos
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$253 Bids
Early Vic mah & brass bound fold out writing box, 46 w x 25 d x 16 cm high
Oct 31, 10:00 AM AEDT
Early Vic mah & brass bound fold out writing box, 46 w x 25 d x 16 cm high
by Woodlands Auctions
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD903 Bids
Painted Wooden Cobbler Box with 2 Lids
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Painted Wooden Cobbler Box with 2 Lids
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
Necco Sweets Shipping Crate
Oct 28, 7:00 PM EDT
Necco Sweets Shipping Crate
by Lettieri Auction & Appraisal
Est: $100- $200
$502 Bids
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ENGLISH TEA CADDY 19th Century Height 6.5”. Width 9.5”. Depth 5”.
Nov 05, 9:30 AM EDT
ENGLISH TEA CADDY 19th Century Height 6.5”. Width 9.5”. Depth 5”.
by Eldred's
Est: $500- $700
$3002 Bids
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TEA CADDY England, 19th Century Height 4.75”. Width 5”. Depth 3”.
Nov 05, 9:30 AM EDT
TEA CADDY England, 19th Century Height 4.75”. Width 5”. Depth 3”.
by Eldred's
Est: $300- $400
$1752 Bids
Antique Hindu Brass Makeup Box
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Hindu Brass Makeup Box
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $20- $200
$202 Bids
Wood Box with Carved Cat on Lid
Nov 17, 10:00 AM EST
Wood Box with Carved Cat on Lid
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $80- $200
$22 Bids
HUMIDOR
Nov 03, 10:00 AM EDT
HUMIDOR
by Potomack Company
Est: $100- $200
$702 Bids
ROSEWOOD BOX
Oct 29, 10:00 AM CDT
ROSEWOOD BOX
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $40- $100
$252 Bids
Wooden Box With Enameled Lid
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Wooden Box With Enameled Lid
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$82 Bids
Two Continental painted dome lid boxes, 19th c.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM EDT
Two Continental painted dome lid boxes, 19th c.
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $140- $240
$1302 Bids
Scandinavian painted bentwood box, 19th c.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM EDT
Scandinavian painted bentwood box, 19th c.
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $140- $240
$1202 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Wood Boxes


Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates

Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries

Auktionshaus Plückbaum

Auktionshaus Plückbaum