We are one of the few shops remaining from the early days of Ruby Lane who, because of grandfathering, are still able to sell our own original artisan crafted items. 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. It is elegant enough to sit on the finest executive desk. Crafted like a piece of fine furniture, it is capped with a carved ammonite shell that was also made in our shop. The carved shell is a very well done representation of the fossil ammonite shells that people love to collect. 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 shell carving is located. The sides of the box are canted with a gentle slope in the traditional style of arts and crafts furniture made during that era. This box would be a great place to store those little items that would tend to get lost on a desk or dresser.
The box measures about 7 1/8 inches long and about 7 1/8 inches wide. The total height including the lid is 4 ½ inches, with the body of the box alone standing 3 1/2 inches tall. Because it is made with solid white oak, it is very heavy. In the manner of Stickley, the wood has been fumed with ammonia to obtain the traditional deep rich brown 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 oak. The surface has been finished with several coats of polyurethane/oil finish and then topped off with hand-rubbed conservators wax. The piece will continue to darken and enrich with age as it develops patina. The lid is designed so that it can be lifted free of the box making it easy to access the many items that you choose to place into it. 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, although it could serve as a very nice and unusual 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. Remember, this is a completely artisan crafted item from our wood shop; it is not something that you will find copies of in other shops or studios. It is a one-of-a-kind piece.
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.