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Rustic Decorative Boxes

Rustic Style
Rustic Style

For some, the phrase “rustic style” suggests a house like “La Pitchoune,” the late chef Julia Child’s cottage in Provence, with its exposed wooden beams and well-worn antique furniture. For others, it prompts images of a place like the Lake Placid Lodge in Upstate New York, with its stone fireplaces and knotty pine paneling. Indeed, rustic design takes many forms: twig furniture, a plank trestle table, a hand-stitched quilt, a chandelier made of deer antlers.

     Rustic design is perhaps mostly about texture and humble materials: hand-hewn wood, woven rush seats, wrought iron, coarse stone and weathered metal. As a decor, it exudes warmth and honesty, while a single piece of countrified design adds an intriguing visual counterpoint in a sleek, modern environment. As you can see on these pages, rustic wares offer no end of inspiration.

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Primitive Boonville Bottling Works Round Mercantile Barrel Industrial Box
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique Boonville Bottling Works barrel or box. Indiana. Measure: 23".  
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Early 20th Century Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Hardwood

Large Handmade Wood Document with Brass Lock, c.1940
Located in San Francisco, CA
About A large handmade wooden box with brass lock and metal accents. Creator: unknown. Date of manufacture: c.1940s. Materials and techniques: wood, brass, metal. Condition:...
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Early 20th Century Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Brass, Metal

Handmade Shoe Factory Wooden Crate, circa 1940
Located in San Francisco, CA
About A handmade wooden crate with carved handles. Salvaged from a former shoe factory. Refinished in an oil and wax paste. Creator: Unknown. Date of manufacture: circa 1940s....
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Early 20th Century Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Wood

Large Handmade Wooden Shoe Factory Tool Box, circa 1940
Located in San Francisco, CA
About A large handmade wooden toolbox with inner tray, steel handles and brass lock. Salvaged from a former shoe factory. Refinished in an oil and wax finish. Creator: Unknown...
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Early 20th Century Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Brass, Steel

Rare Majolica Chesnut Tureen Luneville, circa 1890
Located in The Hills, TX
Rare and colorful Majolica chesnut tureen Luneville, circa 1890.
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1890s French Antique Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Ceramic, Faience

Mid-19th Century Swedish Painted Pine Shaped Box
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Rustic tine pine work box of large proportions, circa 1850. Shaped and metal bound edges and hinges. Original handles and paint. Hinges have broken, which could be fixed but pr...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Pine

Handmade Rustic Tool Chest with Antique Pad Lock, circa 1920
Located in San Francisco, CA
About A handmade wooden tool chest with inner compartment, steel handles and lock. Antique working cast iron pad lock with original key. Refinished in an oil and wax finish. Contac...
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Early 20th Century Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Steel

Early 19th Century Japanese Shop Box
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A 19th century box commonly used for storage in shops around Japan. The Edo period box features a partial lift top that gives access to interior of box. Intricate little star designe...
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Early 19th Century Japanese Antique Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Metal

Early 19th Century Japanese Shop Box
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A 19th century box commonly used for storage in shops around Japan. The Edo period box features a partial lift top and a long drawer that pulls out with additional storage box and if...
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Early 19th Century Japanese Antique Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Wood

Vintage Chinese Midcentury Rattan Circular Hat Box with Weathered Patina
Located in Yonkers, NY
A vintage Chinese rattan hat box from the mid-20th century with weathered patina and oxidized accents. We have similar ones available. Born in China during the midcentury period, thi...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Metal

French Non Pareil Metal Ice Box
Located in Cookeville, TN
Rustic French Non Pareil metal ice bin has a hinged top along with a drain spout near the bottom. Made of galvanized metal. Has applied metal handles. Two divided sections inside the...
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1930s French Vintage Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Metal

Set of 5 Late 19th Century Scandinavian Pine Measuring Containers
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Set 0f 5 late 19th century Scandinavian pine measuring containers circa 1890. Good quality pine measuring containers, ideal for decorative purposes and storage. Two 5 litre boxes,...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Pine

Antique Chinese Wooden Document Box with Distressed Patina and Brass Stud Design
Located in Yonkers, NY
An antique rustic Chinese wooden document box with brass stud design. Created in China, this rectangular box charms us with its nicely worn appearance and distressed patina. Presenti...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Brass

Vintage English Egg Transport Crate
Located in Houston, TX
This vintage English egg transport crate has a great aged wood patina and painted lettering. The crate has a sturdy metal handle and the top lifts on large metal hinges.
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Early 20th Century English Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Metal

18th Century Diminutive Carved Mahogany Chest
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Carved panels on front - two arches with foliate frames and a shaped and scrolled one with rosettes in the center. The tin escutcheon lacks a key, and the lock lacks the bolt. There ...
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18th Century Antique Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Mahogany

19th Century American Hand Carved Two-Tier Collector's Chest
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Hand carved decorative box / collector's chest, circa early 20th century. Features a hinged-top that opens to reveal two, stacked, sliding trays (one lidded and removable, one open)....
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Early 20th Century American Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Metal

19th Century American Keepsake Chest
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Hand carved decorative box / collector's chest with one fixed, sliding tray and one removable, circa 19th century. All hardware, including the hinges, is original: the screws that li...
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19th Century American Antique Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Metal

Rustic Antique Chinese Wooden Cash Box with Removable Top, Studs and Chain
Located in Yonkers, NY
An antique Chinese wooden cash box from the early 20th century, with chain and partially removable top. Charming our eyes with its rustic presence and nicely weathered appearance, th...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Metal

Sandblasted Pine, Copper and Aluminium Trash Bin, ERIK GUSTAFSON
Located in New York, NY
Made from sandblasted pine with a soap finish, copper/aluminium interior and leather bottom. This is a unique edition from Erik Gustafson. Gustafson’s inspiration stems from a lov...
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2010s American Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Copper

17th Century Italian Leather Trunk
Located in Chicago, IL
An incredible 17th century Italian leather clad trunk with beautiful well-worn brass nailhead trim in a decorative pattern, with a handwoven indigo dyed linen lining, iron handles, a...
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17th Century Italian Antique Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Brass

17th Century Italian Leather Lock Box
Located in Chicago, IL
An incredible 17th century Italian leather clad lock box with beautiful well-worn brass nailhead trim in a decorative pattern, with a gorgeous wrought iron escutcheon, and lined with...
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17th Century Italian Antique Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Leather, Wood

19th Century Chinese Carriage Box
Located in Chicago, IL
A beautiful 19th century Chinese lacquered elmwood carriage box with iron edging with nailhead trim. Would be wonderful on a large ottoman or used in the kitchen on a large island.
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19th Century Chinese Antique Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Elm

Swedish 19th Century Birchwood Veneer Jewelry Box
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Swedish 19th century birchwood veneer jewelry box. The box has a heart of brass for keyhole and knob hardware of antler.
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19th Century Swedish Antique Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Bone, Birch

Mahogany Jewelry Box with Mirror
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Mahogany box with inlaid mother of pearl and mirror, on small round brass feet.
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Early 19th Century Danish Antique Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Mother-of-Pearl, Mahogany

Austrian Majolica Gooseberries Basket, circa 1920
Located in The Hills, TX
Austrian majolica gooseberries basket, circa 1920.
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1920s Austrian Vintage Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Ceramic, Faience

Object d ’Art Centerpiece Junior Carpenter Kit Tool Box with Balls and Horseshoe
Located in Topeka, KS
Fun and whimsical centerpiece or object d’art assemblage comprised of Junior Carpenter Kit toy tool box filled with vintage pool balls, baseballs, field hockey balls, vintage croquet...
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20th Century American Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Leather, Plastic, Rubber, Wood

19th C. Rustic German Oak And Horn Cellarette
Located in New York, NY
19th century German oak cellarette featuring horn trim and side handles. Tole lined interior.
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19th Century German Antique Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Oak, Horn

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Mid-19th Century Swedish Painted Pine Strong Box
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Traditional Swedish painted pine strong box, circa 1847. Striking blue wood work, initialed 'kjd' and dated 1847 on the lid. Painted metal strap work. Plain interior with fitte...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Pine

  • Mid-19th Century Swedish Painted Pine Strong Box
  • Mid-19th Century Swedish Painted Pine Strong Box
  • Mid-19th Century Swedish Painted Pine Strong Box
  • Mid-19th Century Swedish Painted Pine Strong Box
H 12.75 in. W 31.25 in. D 18.25 in.
Handmade Douglas Fir Toolbox, circa 1940
Located in San Francisco, CA
About This is a handmade wooden chest with steel handles. Refinished in an oil and wax finish. Creator: Unknown. Date of manufacture: circa 1940. Materials and techniques: Do...
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Early 20th Century Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Steel

  • Handmade Douglas Fir Toolbox, circa 1940
  • Handmade Douglas Fir Toolbox, circa 1940
  • Handmade Douglas Fir Toolbox, circa 1940
  • Handmade Douglas Fir Toolbox, circa 1940
H 12 in. W 36 in. D 11.75 in.
19th Century Decorative Swedish Tine Box
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
19th century decorative Swedish tine box, circa 1870. Good quality decorative box, with lid that simply locks into place. Profusely decorated with poker work. With twine that bind...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Pine

  • 19th Century Decorative Swedish Tine Box
  • 19th Century Decorative Swedish Tine Box
  • 19th Century Decorative Swedish Tine Box
  • 19th Century Decorative Swedish Tine Box
H 8 in. W 16.5 in. D 8.75 in.
Early 20th Century Painted Wood Chest, circa 1940
Located in San Francisco, CA
About A painted wood chest with metal straps and locks. Creator: Unknown. Date of manufacture: circa 1940s. Materials and techniques: Wood, Metal, Paint. Condition: Good. We...
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Metal

Antique Metal Trunk of the 18th Century
Located in Vlimmeren, BE
This antique metal trunk can be dated in the 18th century. It is completely made of metal. The outside is black lacquered and the inside is red colored. It is a nice old piece in g...
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Late 18th Century Belgian Antique Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Metal

  • Antique Metal Trunk of the 18th Century
  • Antique Metal Trunk of the 18th Century
  • Antique Metal Trunk of the 18th Century
  • Antique Metal Trunk of the 18th Century
H 17.33 in. W 30.32 in. D 17.33 in.
19th Century French Majolica Beehive Box
Located in The Hills, TX
Rustic French majolica beehive box, circa 1880.
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1880s French Antique Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Ceramic

  • 19th Century French Majolica Beehive Box
  • 19th Century French Majolica Beehive Box
  • 19th Century French Majolica Beehive Box
  • 19th Century French Majolica Beehive Box
H 3.55 in. W 1.38 in. D 1.78 in.
Diminutive Painted Rustic Cabinet, Stand or Chest with a Single-Drawer
Located in Stamford, CT
Diminutive painted rustic cabinet or chest with a single-drawer and leather pulls. Lia.
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Mid-20th Century Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Wood

Swedish 18th Century Wooden Travel Box or Chest
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Very beautiful and rare box with original lock and all the original hand forged strapping’s and hinges etc. Nice detail are the owners initials. Sweden, circa 1700-1800 Weathered a...
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18th Century Swedish Antique Rustic Decorative Boxes

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  • Swedish 18th Century Wooden Travel Box or Chest
  • Swedish 18th Century Wooden Travel Box or Chest
  • Swedish 18th Century Wooden Travel Box or Chest
H 11.03 in. W 20.48 in. D 15.75 in.
Majolica Lobster Tureen, circa 1950
Located in The Hills, TX
Large French Majolica lobster tureen or box with green glaze, circa 1950.
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1950s French Vintage Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Ceramic

  • Majolica Lobster Tureen, circa 1950
  • Majolica Lobster Tureen, circa 1950
  • Majolica Lobster Tureen, circa 1950
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Located in Debenham, Suffolk
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Pine

Large Early 19th Century Swedish Tine Bentwood Box
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Large early 19th century Swedish tine bentwood box circa 1804. Beautiful lidded decorative traditional tine box. Dated 1804 and initialed p.P.D. Decorated with hand carved star de...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Birch

Arts & Crafts Church Collection Box
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Arts & Crafts church collection box An interesting little piece, this is a late Victorian Church collection box made in golden oak, and just in case you are in any doubt it has “...
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Late 19th Century Antique Rustic Decorative Boxes

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Wood

  • Arts & Crafts Church Collection Box
  • Arts & Crafts Church Collection Box
  • Arts & Crafts Church Collection Box
  • Arts & Crafts Church Collection Box
H 13 in. W 8 in. D 5 in.