The first two boxes were made by my father well over 60 years ago. I have already featured the first box in a previous post about Mum's Treasure as it was my mother's jewellery box. Dad gave it to her before they were married. The second box box was made for Dad's sister, my Auntie Joan, and was probably intended to be handkerchief box. Both these boxes are fully veneered, inside and out, with different types of wood.
|Mum's jewellery box|
|Mum's jewellery box showing hinged lid|
|Auntie Joan's handkerchief box with lift off lid|
The next box is not quite as old. It is actually one that I made in high school in woodwork class about 45 years ago. My Mum used it as a jewellery box as well.
|My high school woodwork project - a silky oak jewellery box|
I think this box was still unfinished when I gave it to my Mum all those years ago and I believe that it was my Dad who polished it up using Danish Oil or some other similar product. It remained in an unadorned state for about half of its life when my Mum asked me to folk art it for her. I had been taking folk art classes and so took it home to paint. The box sat around home for quite a while before I finally got the courage up to have a go. I chose a violet pattern to adorn this jewellery box as it was my Mums favourite flower. In the end I was rather pleased with the result and so was Mum.
|Violet folk art detail on top of silky oak jewellery box|
The last of the four boxes is probably the most unusual in shape, construction and origin but certainly is an interesting piece of Australiana. I acquired it from a friends stall at my Bottle and Collectables Club Christmas Breakup Show. I was told that it was found at a flea market many years ago by his father-in-law. It was now time to move it on and I was happy to oblige by taking it of his hands.
|Silky oak and red cedar jewellery box|
|Top of jewellery box showing faded decoration|
|Jewellery box interior showing hinged lid and red velvet lining|
Who made this piece? Why was it made? How old is it? Was this an apprentice piece or maybe a school exercise like my silky oak jewellery box? Why did they use silky oak for the lid and not more red cedar? Why put the base on as they did? And who is "a. w."? All questions that most likely will never be answered but are fun to ponder.