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George IV Regency Exotic Wood Specimen Parquetry Games or Jewellery Box
Located in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
An extremely rare and fine example, decorated to all surfaces with exotic timbers. The finely crossbanded top is decorated in exotic hardwoods in a 'tumbling block' fashion and open...

Antique Early 19th Century English Regency Jewelry Boxes



Peruvian Nazca Textile Exotic Wood Box
Located in New York, NY
Peruvian exotic wood box with nickel framed ancient Nazca textile top.

Late 20th Century Peruvian Tribal Jewelry Boxes



  • Peruvian Nazca Textile Exotic Wood Box
  • Peruvian Nazca Textile Exotic Wood Box
  • Peruvian Nazca Textile Exotic Wood Box
  • Peruvian Nazca Textile Exotic Wood Box
H 1.7 in. W 5 in. D 3.4 in.
Arabian Mosaic Syrian Micro Mosaic Jewelry / Exotic Box
By Craft and Folk Art Museum
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A well crafted handmade jewelry / box in exotic inlayed woods, bone, horn etc. using Moorish motif designs lined inside with a red fabric. This Arabian box is just a beautiful piece ...

Early 20th Century Unknown Moorish Decorative Boxes



Finding the Right Boxes for You

From mere trinkets to useful receptacles that serve a distinct purpose, antique boxes as decorative objects have come in many forms over the years. No matter what they’re made of or where they end up in your home, decorative boxes add both style and storage to your space.

The decorative box that is likely most common is the jewelry box. These boxes were originally known as jewel caskets and were in common use in Ancient Egypt, as most Egyptians wore some sort of jewelry. A portable jewelry box, in its original intended use, was integral to keeping your jewelry safe and secure. This accessory has transformed in size, shape and appearance over the years. Initially it was common for a jewelry box to bear intricate ornamentation. Whether they’re mid-century modern works of marble and brass or feature playful Art Deco–style geometric decor, jewelry boxes boast real staying power.

Snuff boxes began to soar in popularity during the 17th century (and were commonplace in European homes by the mid-19th century). The boxes, some hand-painted with landscape scenes, some made from gold, porcelain or stone, contained a small amount of tobacco, which users would sniff, or “snuff,” throughout the day. Some particularly ornamental snuff boxes featured enameled designs or were set with precious gems and were given as gifts or party favors, particularly at the coronation of royalty or other lavish events.

Whether you’re organizing important mail in the foyer or tucking away medications in your bathroom, antique boxes — be they metal tea caddies, sterling-silver decorative boxes or Victorian cigar boxes made of oak (even if you don’t smoke) — are a sophisticated solution to help keep the surfaces in your home clutter-free. And no matter if you’re seeking a decorative box to beautify a desktop or bestow upon a loved one, you are sure to find something you love in the collection of antique and vintage boxes on 1stDibs.