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Folk Art Boxes

FOLK ART STYLE

Folk art is a genre of art that shares the creator’s traditions, offering not just an artistic display but an opportunity to learn about a culture. Antique, new and vintage folk art typically reflects a heritage or location. It can include utilitarian objects and handmade art as diverse as weather vanes, duck decoys, portraiture and paintings, carnival art and quilts.

Quilts are a quintessential part of American folk art but their roots are international, with quilting dating back to Ancient Egypt. The practice spread to Europe and was especially prominent in the Middle Ages, with one of the oldest surviving examples being the Tristan quilt made in Sicily in the 14th century. They were made as bedcovers and clothing, including as a layer for knights to wear beneath their armor. Native American folk art includes functional objects reflecting their heritage, such as baskets, textiles and wooden pieces.

Elsewhere, the vast range of work associated with Mexican folk art includes masks made by Mexican craftspeople for traditional celebrations and ceremonial dances. Mexican masks are part of the country’s folk-art traditions that go back thousands of years and play a role in festivals and theater.

Works in the folk art tradition are valuable because of the skills involved, like weaving, hand-carving wood and even stonework. Many folk artists are self-taught, while some train as apprentices within their community. By using available materials and taking a personal approach to their creations, artists ensure each piece is unique and conveys a story.

During the Great Depression, artistic materials in America were hard to come by, so artisans used discarded wood from cigar boxes and shipping crates to make highly stylized, notched pieces — most often picture frames and boxes — that are today sought after by collectors. This folk art style is called tramp art and was popular from roughly 1870 until the 1940s.

Folk art brings vibrant culture and traditions into your home. Browse an extensive collection of antique, new and vintage folk art on 1stDibs.

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Style: Folk Art
Moroccan Brass Berber Tribal Flask
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Great decorative Moroccan Tribal flask.. African decorative brass with front richly decorated with embossed brass and overlay. The valve stem turns and open. Truly a conversation mu...
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Early 20th Century Moroccan Folk Art Boxes

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Brass

Asian Laquered Box with Lid Hand Painted Unicorn, Mid 20th Century
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a good papier mâché, rectangular shaped black lacquered lidded box, hand enamelled and gilded, made in Asia, possibly Japan during the mid 20th Century. This rectangular s...
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Mid-20th Century East Asian Folk Art Boxes

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Paper

Vintage Folk Art Hand Painted Round Box
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Folk Art hand painted round box (Originally a cheese box) Black mate paint with floral and heart motifs on the top and floral bouquets all around the box. Palette in shades of blu...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Folk Art Boxes

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Wood

Antique Hindu Make Up Brass Box with Peacocks
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Antique Hindu make up vermilion and eye liner brass box holder. This is an antique Mughal style brass Indian ornate locking Tikka box container. It has six compartments that lock in...
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Late 19th Century Indian Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Brass

Beautiful Antique Painted Table Box
Located in Albignasego, IT
Beautiful painted table box Measures: H.21 cm – L.32 cm – P.21 cm Antique Tyrolean painted table box. Decorated on all sides with floral motifs on a blue background and an aus...
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Early 19th Century Italian Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Fir

Round Blue Lapis Lazuli and Marble Stone Jewelry or Trinket Box with Lid
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Beautiful blue Lapis Lazuli and Carrara marble stone jewelry box. Created from genuine blue Lapis Lazuli, this box is low in profile and round in form. This lovely jewelry or trinket...
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20th Century Indian Folk Art Boxes

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Lapis Lazuli, Carrara Marble

19th Century Hand Painted Swedish Tine Decorative Box
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
19th century hand painted tine decorative box circa 1860. Good quality Swedish tine box, used for storing valuables or foods for secure storage. This example in it's original blue...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Pine, Paint

Asian Burmese Carved Wood Temple Offering Lidded Box
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Burmese bamboo temple offering lidded box, basket. This kind of wooden basket is used to transport and display offerings to Buddhist temples, in Asia. During most of the 19th century...
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Early 20th Century South Asian Folk Art Boxes

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Bamboo

EC Brown & Co. Salesman Sample Coffin, Circa 1900
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
EC Brown & Co. Salesman Sample Coffin, Circa 1900, A curious item with ebonized top, with applied Crucifix, the lift top reveals a black velvet lined interior. the lower part fitted ...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Boxes

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Brass

French 19th Century Folk Art Leather Box
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Beautiful weathered Folk Art box made out of wood and covered with leather. Working lock and key. France, circa 1850 Weathered, small losses.
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19th Century French Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Leather, Wood

19th Century American Tramp Art Box
Located in Chicago, IL
A charming 19th century American Tramp Art box of architectural form with the lid being a roof with several dormers. The inside retaining its original red cotton lining, and mirror o...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Wood

French Folk Art Money Box
Located in Trensacq, FR
Folk Art money box c1900 France A fabulous example of French 'Arte Populaire' this 'Maison Tirelire' is handcrafted in wood complete with a carved staircase entrance, glass windows a...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Brass, Steel

Early Swedish 19th Century Blue Folk Art Painted Box, Dated 1816
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Swedish Folk Art box, with original blue painted decorations and lock with working key. Dated 1816 in the iron.
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1810s Swedish Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Pine

Round Blue Lapis Lazuli and Marble Stone Jewelry or Trinket Box with Lid
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Beautiful blue Lapis Lazuli and Carrara marble stone jewelry box. Created from genuine blue Lapis Lazuli, this box is low in profile and round in form. This lovely jewelry or trinket...
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20th Century Indian Folk Art Boxes

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Lapis Lazuli, Carrara Marble

Scandinavian Mid-19th Century Hand Painted Dome Top Pine Box
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Scandinavian mid-19th century hand painted dome top pine box circa 1850. Fine example of mid-19th century swedish traditional decoration. Blue/green main colour with hand painted ...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Pine, Paint

Brown Rectangular Folk Art Shell Covered Wooden Box with Lid, Arthur Court
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A fabulous shell covered Folk Art box with lid. Covered in brown, black and cream conical shaped shells, it is a striking statement piece. The box which the shells cover, is created ...
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20th Century American Folk Art Boxes

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Shell, Wood

19th Century Mixed Metals Handmade Gem Stone Jewelry Box
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This fine handmade box of silver and brass is very finely detail workmanship. The tumble stones or polished gem stones of a mix of jade, tiger eye and many others. The condition is v...
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1890s American Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Silver Plate

Ceramic Horse Box
Located in Richmond, VA
Vintage ceramic box with painted horse motif? Made in Italy.
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20th Century Italian Folk Art Boxes

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Ceramic, Paint

Early 19th Century Napoleonic Prisoner of War Straw Box
Located in London, GB
Early 19th century Napoleonic prisoner of war straw box We are proud to offer an early 19th century Napoleonic prisoner of war straw work marquetry ladies sewing or jewellery box. W...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Straw

Mid Century Sea Shell Trinket Box
Located in Stamford, CT
Utterly charming sea shell box with a New Zealand theme, the top with NZ spelled out in shells with the two islands on either side. Inside is a cut-out photo of a harbor scene. This ...
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Mid-20th Century New Zealand Folk Art Boxes

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Shell

Swedish 18th / 19th Century Bentwood Travel Box or Chest
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Rare Swedish travel box with stunning patina and hand forged iron details. Sweden, circa 1750-1850. Weathered, small losses and old repairs.    
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18th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Iron

Swedish Folk Art Hunting Box Dated 1802 in Oak
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
A Swedish oak-wood box from the Gustavian period dated 1802. The richly carved box with scenes of a dog hunting a deer, doves flying and black grouses. Decorated with a pattern of ro...
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Early 1800s Swedish Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Iron, Brass

19th Century Trinity House Inlaid Rosewood Sewing Box, circa 1870
Located in Nantucket, MA
Fine 19th century trinity house marquetry inlaid rosewood sewing box, circa 1870, made by a Trinity House Lighthouse Keeper or sailor aboard a Lightship for sale to passing ships. Th...
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1870s British Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Wood, Rosewood

Hand Carved Apple Box or Tea Caddy in Fruitwood, Circa 1940
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a hand worked Lidded box or Tea Caddy style box in the shape of an Apple, made from fruitwood and dating to the mid 20th century, Circa 1940. The Apple shaped box has a li...
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Mid-20th Century English Folk Art Boxes

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Fruitwood

Swedish Folk Art Oak Box, Dated 1783
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
A Swedish oakwood box, dated 1783 and carved with the initial of the girl that received it as a gift (CSD). Most probably as bridal gift from her family. Lock and key original and wo...
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1780s Swedish Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Iron

19th Century Large Store Tea Tin Hand Painted Parnall & Sons Bristol, England
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous and large store tea tin by Parnall & Sons who were the people to see for outfitting your store and much more as the company grew from 1830. Hand painted showing a girl servi...
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Mid-19th Century British Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Metal

Antique Dutch 19th Century Red and Yellow-Painted Small Table Trunk
Located in Casteren, NL
A rare small table trunk that was made in the Netherlands in the early 1800s. It is made of solid pine and it was painted in yellow ocher and ox-blood red. These are typical colors u...
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Early 19th Century Dutch Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Pine, Paint

Moroccan Berber Tuareg Metal Tribal Flask Overlay
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Great decorative Moroccan Berber Tuareg metal brass powder flask. African decorative brass with front richly decorated with Moorish embossed brass ocverlay. Moroccan tribal powder fl...
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20th Century Moroccan Folk Art Boxes

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Brass

Antique Wood and Brass Faux Book with Hidden Compartment
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Antique wood faux book with hidden compartment. Designed to appear as a beautiful book, this wood box is the perfect place to store your treasures. The brass inlay is striking agains...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Boxes

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Brass

Swedish 18th Century Original Blue Folk Art Painted Box
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Swedish 18th century original painted decorative Folk Art box, with original lock and key.
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Late 18th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Pine

Round Swedish Original Painted Folk Art Hat Box Dated 1815
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
A Swedish 19th Century folk art box with the original paint. This box painted with a floral decoration has the initial "A S D" before the date of 1815. It was most certainly a bri...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Pine

Late 18th Century Swedish Pine and Iron Travel Box
Located in Kramfors, SE
Swedish 18th century wooden travel box manufactured from pine. The box has decorative as well as functional enforcements in handwrought iron. The condition is original and the great ...
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Late 18th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Pine

18th Century Swedish Cheese Mold, Dated 1785
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
A Swedish Folk Art mold with the owner initials KSD, hearts and age of 1785 carved in the wood. This Allmoge form has most probably been a wedding present for a girl getting married,...
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Late 18th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Birch

Vintage Copper Folk Art Box, circa 1940s
Located in San Francisco, CA
Vintage copper Folk Art box, circa 1940s Fantastic American Folk Art box made from hand-hammered copper and a collection of antique coins. Surrounded with a collection of grote...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Boxes

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Copper

Colorful Semi Precious Stone Rectangular Jewelry or Trinket Box with Lid
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A beautiful colorful decorative box with lid created from Carrara marble and inlaid with a variety of semi-precious stones. The sides are inlaid with a variety of stones in abstract ...
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20th Century Indian Folk Art Boxes

Materials

Stone

19th Century Russian Archangel Carved Whalebone Box
Located in London, GB
19th century Russian archangel carved whalebone box. We are proud to offer a 19th century Russian archangel carved whalebone box decorated with lattice work floral acanthus leaf d...
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1840s Unknown Antique Folk Art Boxes

Materials

Bone

Antique Black Forest Brienz Hand Carved Trinket Box Catchall, Folk Art 1890s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Found in Italy at an estate sale, this hand carved trinket box or catchall is perfect for the collector. Nice antique collectible to display in your home. Hand carved with beautiful ...
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1890s Italian Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Wood

Large Antique Painted Oval Lidded Metal Toleware Box Bin Yellow Roses
Located in Dayton, OH
Large vintage oval toleware box or bin with painted metal base, handles, and wooden lid, painted in black with yellow roses in a wreath pattern with a neoclassical bow with tassles; ...
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20th Century Folk Art Boxes

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Metal

Folk Art Sailor's Wood Ditty Box
Located in Downingtown, PA
Folk Art Sailor's wood ditty box, Early 20th century The Folk Art sailor's rectangular wood box is inlaid with lighter colored wood inlays of various subjects including a sailboa...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Boxes

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Wood

Small Swedish Folk Art Painted Box
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
A Swedish allmoge folk art painted little box with a combination lock most probably from the region of Dalarna in central Sweden. Hand carved and original painted with its original p...
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1920s Swedish Vintage Folk Art Boxes

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Pine

Swedish Original Painted Folk Art Wedding Box Dated 1824
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Swedish 19th century wooden monogrammed and dated Folk Art box, dated 1824. An original painted box in dark blue and black color with flower decoration. Belonged to a woman (the ...
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1820s Swedish Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Pine

Vintage Hand Carved Nut Woodenware Catchall, 1960s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Found in Austria at an estate sale, this hand carved nut catchall is perfect for the collector. Nice Mid Century collectible to display in your home. Made by Talarico about 1960s.
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1960s American Vintage Folk Art Boxes

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Wood

Rectangular Carved Wood Bird Motif Box with Hinged Lid and Batik Interior
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A beautiful rectangular Sumatra hinged box with a Phoenix bird motif. An excellent piece to display on a coffee table or side table. This lovely box features a colorful phoenix (or p...
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20th Century Indonesian Folk Art Boxes

Materials

Wood, Paint

20th Century German Hand Painted Oval Bentwood Box
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Beautifully hand painted bride box. Bentwood Pantry Box with floral and figural design. Mildly distressed paint. Oval box with lid. A nice addition to any room, but we love to see it...
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20th Century German Folk Art Boxes

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Bentwood

19th Century Tramp Art Box with Chip-Carved Decoration, Date and Velvet Inside
Located in Atlanta, GA
A 19th century Tramp Art rectangular wooden box featuring elaborate chip-carved decoration. Each side of this box is adorned with hand-carved tiered frames of four-layered notches, c...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Wood

19th Century Swedish Table Top Box
Located in Helsingborg, SE
Charming 19th century table top box in it's original finish, ca 1850 Sweden.
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19th Century European Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Pine

Vintage Handcrafted and Carved Wood Box House Motif, Trinket Box, Keepsake Box
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage handmade beautifully carved wooden trinket box, jewelry box or keepsake box. Depicting a village scene with Houses & Palm Trees. Folk Art handmade in South America. No make...
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Mid-20th Century Peruvian Folk Art Boxes

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Wood, Walnut

Decorative Wood Carved Tramp Art Keepsake Box or Sailors Valentine with Heart
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A superb Folk Art sailors valentine Tramp Art keepsake box. Wide in form, this beautiful Primitive wood carved box features the letters S and M with a heart between on both sides. Tw...
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19th Century English Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Metal

Antique Hand Painted Four Drawer Jewelry Casket or Decorative Box
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This antique four drawer wooden jewelry or decorative box is unmarked, but believed to date to the early 20th century. The top and sides of the box are ornately painted with borders ...
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Early 20th Century Unknown Folk Art Boxes

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Softwood

Vintage Handcrafted and Carved Wood Box Leaf Motif, Jewelry Box, Keepsake Box
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage handmade beautifully carved wooden box, jewelry box or keepsake box. The Inside has 2 compartments which measure 3.38 x 3.38 inches. No makers mark.  
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Boxes

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Wood, Walnut

English 19th Century Trinity House Burl Walnut Writing Box Ship and Cube Inlay
Located in Wells, ME
English 19th century burl walnut writing box of unusual interior conformation. The exterior of the box is inlaid with a transitional English ship, having both sail and steam capabili...
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Late 19th Century English Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Walnut

Early 19th Century Scandinavian Folk Art Kitchen Silverware and Spices Box
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Early 19th century Scandinavian Folk Art kitchen silverware and spices box in old black color.
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Pine

"Campfire Supreme" Marshmallow Tin, Boy Scout Motif, American, Circa 1915
Located in Incline Village, NV
This is a rare tin that was used to sell and promote marshmallows. The top of the tin is decorated to reflect the Boy Scouts in their ubiquitous camping tradition of sitting around t...
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1910s American Vintage Folk Art Boxes

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Tin

19th Century Sorrento Marquetry Jewellery Box / Trinket Box, Italy Circa 1880
Located in Ottawa, Ontario
A very charming 19th century Sorrento marquetry jewelry box or trinket box, the hinged lid illustrating a marquetry vignette depicting a young peasant couple - the young man shown se...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Olive, Boxwood, Walnut

Antique Tramp Art Box / Jewelry Box Carved Brass 1893 Chip Carved War Decoration
Located in Ijzendijke, NL
Gorgeous Tramp Art box / Jewelry box marked 1893 and decorated with brass. The box contains multiple guns & pike helmets and a lions head holding a brass ring to open the chest. ...
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1890s American Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Brass

Italian Jewelry or Decorative Box, Early 20th Century
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Early 20th Century Italian jewelry box. This sweet petite box is a perfect piece to hold jewelry or any small collectibles. Sitting atop a vanity, dresser or a desk, the hand painted...
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Early 20th Century Italian Folk Art Boxes

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Wood

Decorated Box with Overlays
Located in Nantucket, MA
Stained pine with hinged top, decorated with geometric design out of recycled piano keys. The interior with a removable organizing drawer. Illegible names with numbers are faintly wr...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Boxes

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Pine

Folk Art Hand-Carved Wooden Box with Grapes and Leaves
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Breathtaking folk art hand-carved wooden box with grapes, vine and leaf detail. This Dionysian solid wood box is a compliment to any kitchen, great for recipe cards or tea bags. ...
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20th Century Folk Art Boxes

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Wood

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