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 woodworking shop at Sweetpea Cottage, this quartersawn black cherry jewelry box, or dresser box, is a one-of-a-kind treat for someone special. It is even elegant enough to sit on the finest executive desk and be used for odds and ends. Crafted like a piece of fine furniture, it is capped with a fine piece of highly figured birdseye maple and then fitted with a textured ebony demilune handle. The box has been entirely constructed from quartersawn black cherry that was selected for the wonderful 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. It has the simplicity of design associated with Roycroft artisans. The lid is mitered and peaks in the middle where the birdseye maple and ebony are located. The corners of the lid and the corners of the box lip are all fitted with solid ebony splines which will add strength to the mitered corners as well as provide visual interest. 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 lift-out tray that is also made from birdseye maple. The tray has two divided sections and could be used to store those small pieces of jewelry that can be so easily misplaced. This box would be a great place to store all sorts of random pieces of jewelry.
The box measures about 9 ¼ inches long and about 7 ½ inches wide. The total height including the lid is 4 ¾ inches. The ebony handle adds another 1 inch. The body of the box alone stands about 4 inches tall. Because it is made with solid cherry, it is very heavy. It has been treated with a subtle cherry stain that will continue to enhance the look of the box over the years as it darkens and develops the classic cherry patina. The surface has been finished with several coats of polyurethane/oil finish and then topped off with hand-rubbed conservators wax. 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. It would be a great place to store jewelry, although this is not your standard jewelry box. It is much more visually interesting than that. 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 possible. 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 special person, then this 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 another box of this type 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.