Welcome to Jackdaw Boxes – Antique Wooden Boxes

We restore and sell unique and antique wooden boxes that make great gifts for special occasions: Christmas, anniversaries, retirement, Valentines, rites of passage celebrations, births and birthdays, marriages, graduations, family archives and more.

They can become new and much prized family heirlooms. Antique wooden boxes are ideal for storing precious, personal items and for creating Memory Boxes.  Most have either their original working lock, or a new lock has been fitted. Each of the boxes already has its own tangible history. Many of them date from the 19th or early 20th centuries, and so they carry the signs of time and use. Each box has been refurbished so it can be used for the decades ahead.  These are available online through the Web Shop.

We offer a Restoration Service for clients who have antique wooden boxes which need attention. This service recognizes that if you are intending to have a box restored you will be entrusting us with something that will invariably have far more than a monetary value. Our service is thus based upon arriving at a Client Led Specification which can be costed and agreed prior to any work being undertaken. Our service ranges from structural repairs and modifications, through to new internal finishes. Our approach is to enliven  often damaged and faded interiors, with vibrant new Hand-made Finishing Papers along with new leathers for writing slopes.

What’s In The Workshop contains recent examples of this service for clients. These may be of value to you in your deliberations. Further and more detailed examples can be found in Customer and Client Feedback – A Catalogue of Reactions and Experiences.

The Box Room contains further illustrated information about our work, services and products such as New Plaques for box lids where the original brass plaque might have become detached and lost.

We are also contacted by people who have old boxes and fittings they no longer want and wish to sell them.  Contact Us if you want to consider selling such items.

When the boxes were originally made, many hours were spent by expert craftsmen and women, using the available materials – beautiful wood with rich grain and colour; inlay – using brass, wood and shell; linings of leather and paper. In themselves, they are a “gift in time” from a long-ago world. Some of the boxes are simple, others have intricate brass fittings, carved lids or secret drawers. All of them have their own immediate appeal, and it is almost impossible to pass by a box and not lift the lid or run your hand over the top. We hope you will enjoy looking at our boxes and will want to buy one for yourself or someone else.



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Our Latest Boxes

These boxes have recently been completed and are now ready for sale. For a full catalogue of all of the boxes that are currently available, please visit our Web Shop.

Writing Box

Writing Box with design of intricate geometric parquetry, Green leather on slopes, lined with paper, no key. JB 0279


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Mahogany Writing Chest

Mahogany Writing Chest, brass bound, Blue leather on slope, secret drawers, no key. JB 0278


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Writing Desk with Mirror

Mahogany Writing Desk with Mirror, writing slope and drawers, brass fittings, working key. JB 0259


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Mahogany Jewellery Box

Mahogany Jewellery Box, 19th century, ring-rolls and silk pad, brass Seahorse plaque on lid. No key. JB 0246


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