Hand crafted in our own woodworking shop at Sweetpea Cottage, this quartersawn white oak dresser, desk, or keepsake box is a one-of-a-kind treat for someone special. Crafted like a piece of fine furniture, it is elegantly styled and capped with a hand made Arts and Crafts style ceramic tile. The tile has a traditional Mission style pine cone with needles motif. The pine cone is in exceptionally high relief adding an extra bit of interest to the box. The box has been entirely constructed from quartersawn white oak that was selected for the stunning fleck in the grain pattern that runs throughout the wood. It is styled like the dresser boxes, or jewelry boxes, that were made during the Arts and Crafts era. The lid is mitered and peaks in the middle where the tile is set. The sides of the box are canted with a gentle slope in the traditional style of arts and crafts furniture made during that era. Inside there is a removable tray made from solid quartersawn white oak. This would be a great place to store those little items that would tend to get lost in a big storage area.
The box measures about 9 1/2 inches long and about 7 inches wide. The total height including the lid is 4 1/4 inches, with the body of the box alone standing 3 1/4 inches tall. Because it is made with solid white oak, it is extremely heavy and solid. In the manner of Stickley, the wood has been ammonia fumed to obtain the traditional deep rich color found in arts and crafts furnishings. This has helped to develop the visual impact of the wood grain and emphasize the fleck of the quartersawn wood. The surface has been finished with several coats of a polyurethane/oil finish and then topped off with hand-rubbed high quality wax. Final finishing was done on a buffing wheel using carnauba wax to produce a durable fine sheen. The piece will continue to darken and enrich with age. The lid is attached with solid brass stopped hinges allowing the lid to open and be supported slightly beyond vertical. The interior is finished in the same manner as the outside. The bottom inside of the box is lined with a piece of brown felt and the feet sit on felt pads to protect any surface that the box sits on. This is not your standard jewelry box. It is a piece of fine art and a cut above what is normally available either on the internet or in fine craft shops. All efforts were made to produce the absolute best quality box possibility.
If you are looking for a unique gift for a very special person, then this item is for you. Check out the photos carefully, and you will see what a gem it is. Look around the internet and you will not find any box that is some stylish, graceful, or well made. Sweetpea Cottage stands behind everything that we sell. If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, then you can return it for any reason. We will refund the full purchase price minus shipping charges. We ask that you notify us via email within 3 days of receiving your purchase that you intend to return it. It should then be returned to us within 5 days. After we receive it in original condition, then we will issue your refund minus shipping. BE SURE TO LOOK AT OUR OTHER ARTISAN CRAFTED BOXES AND JEWELRY. Shop with confidence with us and you will never be disappointed.