We are one of the few shops remaining from the early days of Ruby Lane who are still able to sell our own original artisan crafted wooden items. Hand crafted in our own Woodshop at Sweetpea Cottage, this box is made with quartersawn white oak that was selected because of the striking quartersawn grain pattern. Crafted like a piece of fine furniture and elegantly styled, it is capped with a spalted maple blank and fitted with a solid carved palm wood handle. It has been styled like the dresser boxes, dressing table trays, or jewelry boxes, that were made during the Arts and Crafts era by Gustav Stickley. The mitered lid peaks in the middle where the spalted maple and palm wood handle sit proudly in the center of the lid. Also located strategically on the lid of the box are solid ebony plugs used to enhance the Arts and Crafts styling. The combination of the rich brown color of the stained oak and the rich black striped palm wood on top of the spalted maple adds an interesting touch to an already wonderful box. For ease of access the lid is not hinged but rather lifts off. The interior bottom is lined with a piece of brown felt. The four feet also have felt pads so that it will sit quietly on any surface.
The box dimensions are about 8 3/4 inches long and about 6 3/4 inches wide. The total height is about 6 ½ inches with the body of the box about 4 inches tall. The sides are canted slightly in the style frequently found in fine Arts and Crafts furniture. The oak was dyed and then stained to bring out the rich red-brown tones of the wood and to emphasize the quartersawn figure. This guarantees that the color of the wood will not fade over the years and will continue to develop its rich dark patina. The surface of the piece was dressed with several coats of a polyurethane/oil finish. Finally, it was hand rubbed with high quality carnauba wax. It has a wonderful silky finish that is sure to please. All attempts have been made to use the finest materials possible and create a truly unique one-of-a-kind piece reminiscent of Stickley and the Arts and Crafts, or Mission, era that will give years of pleasure and use.
If you are looking for a unique gift for a special person, then this is for you. Because it is made using solid white oak boards that have been cut thick and beefy, it is a nice heavy box. The piece has a masculine look and would be a great gift for your father or the dad in the family. 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 so 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.