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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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Artist Signed Tramp Art Painted Box
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Artist Signed Tramp Art Painted Box
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$505 Bids
Killer Oak Box - Victorian MOP Celluloid Handle Flatware
Dec 02, 5:00 PM EST
Killer Oak Box - Victorian MOP Celluloid Handle Flatware
by Plain City Auction
Est: $5- $100
$305 Bids
A 17th Century Style Alms Box dated 1668. The rectangular box composed of thick oak slabs with through dov
Dec 03, 11:00 AM GMT
A 17th Century Style Alms Box dated 1668. The rectangular box composed of thick oak slabs with through dov
by Wilkinson's Auctioneers
Est: £250- £350
£8005 Bids
Scandinavian painted bentwood box, 19th c.
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
Scandinavian painted bentwood box, 19th c.
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $100- $200
$903 Bids
Two Tramp Art Hinged Boxes
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Two Tramp Art Hinged Boxes
by Alex Cooper
Est: $100- $200
$803 Bids
New England painted pine dome top box, 19th c.
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
New England painted pine dome top box, 19th c.
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $160- $220
$1103 Bids
South American Round Leather Box and Group of Desk Sundries
Nov 29, 10:00 AM EST
South American Round Leather Box and Group of Desk Sundries
by Weschler's
Est: $40- $60
$403 Bids
Large Handmade Cigar Humidor Wooden Box
Dec 06, 12:00 PM EST
Large Handmade Cigar Humidor Wooden Box
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $25- $200
$753 Bids
Scandinavian painted slide lid spice box
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
Scandinavian painted slide lid spice box
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $200- $300
$1202 Bids
Massachusetts painted pine dome top valuables box
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
Massachusetts painted pine dome top valuables box
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$1402 Bids
Painted pine stepback spice box, 19th c.
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
Painted pine stepback spice box, 19th c.
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $200- $300
$1002 Bids
American Sailor-Made Inlaid Box
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
American Sailor-Made Inlaid Box
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $300
$1502 Bids
3 Cigar Boxes
Nov 29, 9:00 AM EST
3 Cigar Boxes
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$62 Bids
19TH C TORTOISE SHELL TEA CADDY
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
19TH C TORTOISE SHELL TEA CADDY
by D. L. Straight Auctioneers
Est: $1,000- $3,000
$5502 Bids
Wooden Box w/tools
Nov 29, 9:00 AM EST
Wooden Box w/tools
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$42 Bids
Vibrant Scandinavian painted valuables box
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
Vibrant Scandinavian painted valuables box
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $300- $400
$1602 Bids
Two Frisian carved boxes, 19th c.
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
Two Frisian carved boxes, 19th c.
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $140- $240
$802 Bids
3 Cigar Boxes, 2 Misc Boxes
Nov 29, 9:00 AM EST
3 Cigar Boxes, 2 Misc Boxes
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$62 Bids
Unusual Scandinavian painted wall box, 19th c.
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
Unusual Scandinavian painted wall box, 19th c.
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $200- $300
$1202 Bids
Late 18th/Early 19th c. Treenware "Apple" Tea Caddy, 5"h
Dec 07, 5:00 PM EST
Late 18th/Early 19th c. Treenware "Apple" Tea Caddy, 5"h
by Bill Hood & Sons Arts & Antiques Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$1002 Bids
Scandinavian carved and painted slide lid box
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
Scandinavian carved and painted slide lid box
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $200- $300
$1102 Bids
Indo-Goanese Casket
Nov 30, 10:00 AM CET
Indo-Goanese Casket
by Deutsch Auktionen
Est: €240- €0
€1202 Bids
1834 Philadelphia Wood Brides Oval Lidded Box
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
1834 Philadelphia Wood Brides Oval Lidded Box
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Wood Boxes


Pook & Pook Inc.

Pook & Pook Inc.

Wilkinson's Auctioneers

Wilkinson's Auctioneers

D. L. Straight Auctioneers

D. L. Straight Auctioneers

Designer Homes of Central Florida

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