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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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Northwest Coast Haida Gwaii Indian Sea Trunk Box
Mar 02, 9:00 AM MST
Northwest Coast Haida Gwaii Indian Sea Trunk Box
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $100,000- $150,000
$16,00016 Bids
MISC BIG BOX
Feb 29, 12:00 PM CST
MISC BIG BOX
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$2714 Bids
Candle slide style box - Upper South or Midwestern
Mar 17, 6:00 PM EDT
Candle slide style box - Upper South or Midwestern
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$11011 Bids
ANTIQUE ENGLISH JAMES II BIBLE BOX
Mar 12, 11:15 AM EDT
ANTIQUE ENGLISH JAMES II BIBLE BOX
by Ashcroft and Moore
Est: $100- $1,000
$2705 Bids
Inlaid Tea Caddy
Mar 01, 5:00 PM EST
Inlaid Tea Caddy
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$505 Bids
ANTIQUE 18TH C ENGLISH OAK BIBLE BOX
Mar 12, 11:15 AM EDT
ANTIQUE 18TH C ENGLISH OAK BIBLE BOX
by Ashcroft and Moore
Est: $100- $1,000
$1604 Bids
Small Round Wooden Pantry Box, 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (12.1 x 7 cm.)
Mar 03, 2:00 PM CST
Small Round Wooden Pantry Box, 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (12.1 x 7 cm.)
by Asselmeier May Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$304 Bids
MISC BIG BOX
Feb 29, 12:00 PM CST
MISC BIG BOX
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$164 Bids
ANTIQUE TRAMP ART STATIONERY BOX
Mar 12, 11:15 AM EDT
ANTIQUE TRAMP ART STATIONERY BOX
by Ashcroft and Moore
Est: $100- $1,000
$4754 Bids
English apple form tea caddy, late 18th c.
Feb 28, 9:00 AM EST
English apple form tea caddy, late 18th c.
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $200- $300
$3204 Bids
MISC BIG BOX
Feb 29, 12:00 PM CST
MISC BIG BOX
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$33 Bids
Woodenware
Mar 01, 5:00 PM EST
Woodenware
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$153 Bids
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2X HAND CARVED CAMPHOR BOXES
Feb 29, 9:00 AM AEST
2X HAND CARVED CAMPHOR BOXES
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD303 Bids
MISC BIG BOX
Feb 29, 12:00 PM CST
MISC BIG BOX
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$33 Bids
MISC BIG BOX
Feb 29, 12:00 PM CST
MISC BIG BOX
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$43 Bids
Wooden Tramp Art Cigar Box, 11 x 5 1/2 x 3 in. (27.9 x 14 x 7.6 cm.)
Mar 03, 2:00 PM CST
Wooden Tramp Art Cigar Box, 11 x 5 1/2 x 3 in. (27.9 x 14 x 7.6 cm.)
by Asselmeier May Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$203 Bids
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TRAVAIL EUROPÉEN Coffret rectangulaire
Mar 13, 10:30 AM CET
TRAVAIL EUROPÉEN Coffret rectangulaire
by Artcurial
Est: €150- €200
€3502 Bids
Parquetry Dresser Box
Mar 01, 5:00 PM EST
Parquetry Dresser Box
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$102 Bids
Wood Boxes
Mar 02, 9:00 AM EST
Wood Boxes
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$52 Bids
Round Wooden Pantry Box in Old Green Paint, 6 1/2 x 3 in. (16.5 x 7.6 cm.)
Mar 03, 2:00 PM CST
Round Wooden Pantry Box in Old Green Paint, 6 1/2 x 3 in. (16.5 x 7.6 cm.)
by Asselmeier May Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$302 Bids
Tea Caddy and Dresser Box
Mar 02, 9:00 AM EST
Tea Caddy and Dresser Box
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$52 Bids
CARVED PIG TOBACCO BOX.
Mar 08, 11:00 AM EST
CARVED PIG TOBACCO BOX.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $150- $350
$1002 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Wood Boxes


Amelia Jeffers

Amelia Jeffers

McCurley Auction Company

McCurley Auction Company

Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd

Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd