Friday, February 22, 2013

Antique Boxes

I wish this 19th century English  antique lapdesk could talk. Who did it belong to? How did it get to the states and when? I bought it from an antique dealer about 18 years ago.

It has a beautiful patina and is in good condition.

To read more about antique lapdesks click here. 

I love antique wooden boxes. It is unusual now for boxes to be made of wood. I have several antique boxes I have collected. One is a sewing box, several tea caddies and several are all occasion I guess you would call them. Some have mother-of pearl inlay that I like. Because they are all old they have a history but all I know about them are their approximate age probably 19th century and I bought them at different times over the last twenty years.

The bottom box is not old maybe 50's or newer ~ just guessing. The way the light is shining the box looks worn but it isn't.

Do you like old boxes?

Linking to: Be Inspired Friday, Seasonal Sundays, Table Top Tuesday, Wow Us Wednesday, Ivy and Elephants and Open House Party Thursday.


  1. Oh that Lapdesk is beautiful.
    Really gorgeous.

    Your bedroom looks so restful and like a haven of relaxation!

    Have a great weekend.


  2. The whole room is really pretty. The lap desk is so neat. Love old boxes like that.

  3. Hi Bonnie,

    This is a lovely lap desk! My MIL has one that sits on a wooden stand so that it looks like a small table. Your other antique boxes are so pretty! I love boxes, but I don't believe I have any antique ones. After seeing yours, I would certainly love to have some. :) This is such a pretty bedroom -- I love the tole tray hanging over the bed!

    I hope you have a great weekend, Bonnie!



  4. I do love old wooden boxes, too, Bonnie. Most are not that old, but hold the eight sets of silver or silverplate that I cannot resist from estate sales. =/ And, I have one lapdesk. My sister loves old wooden boxes, too. I'm off to go check out the link about the lapdesks! Thank you. blessings ~ tanna

  5. The lap desk IS talking, Bonnie! I can hear it! It's saying, "Please release me. Let me go live with Alycia!" :-) :-) :-) I like old boxes, too. It makes you wonder about how it was made, who was the first to buy it, what they did with it, how it got passed along...there's a story behind each and every one. That's why we have to be careful about what we purge from our own things these days. What's new to us now will be an antique years from now, and someone will wonder about its origins. Maybe we should all put a little note inside every box and piece of luggage we own for future finders!

  6. All of your boxes are beautiful. I love looking at boxes. I have my mom's wooden jewelry boxes. The majority of them are from Mexico. Thank you for sharing.

  7. I love boxes, but I do not own any, as fine as yours. They are wonderful. Love the pillows on the bed - drool!

  8. What a beautiful lapdesk...and I love your blue/green room.

  9. I love old boxes. It's so neat to think of what they may have held or have been used for. Your antique lap desk is lovely.

    Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  10. I happen to have a "thing" for boxes, especially old one! This room is over the top beautiful! Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven to say hi.

  11. Hello Bonnie, your collection of boxes are beautiful, and so well cared for. Your bedroom is so very elegant, I am sure your boxes are very happy in their surroundings. I do like boxes, although I do not own any antique ones. When I was in the Antique business I was fortunate to buy and sell some lovely examples and handle others. I tend to prefer simpler boxes, made of yew or fruitwood, but I can appreciate the quality of the finer mahogany, rosewood,and walmut varieties. I also rather liked Tunbridge ware with their heavily inlaid patterns. Thankyou for sharing yours with us.

    Many thanks for your very kind e-mail. I thought it was about time I showed my face, although somewhat reluctantly! Enjoy your weekend, love Linda xx

  12. I find myself being drawn to anything vintage these days. Your boxes are lovely. I wonder the same thing sometimes about my finds...who owned them, what kind of home did they come from. I do wish they could talk!

  13. What a great little piece. Love the blue and white with the pop of green too.

  14. Bonnie,
    Your collection of boxes is exquisite, dear one!
    I do collect boxes for my husband.Funny guy, he fills everyone with some thing or another!
    Thank you for sharing your amazing collection!!!
    P.S.Visiting from Marty's TTT!!!

  15. What a gorgeous bedroom! I would love if you link this wonderfull post to my party. It is open until Easter and I will Feature as we go on Facebook and Pinterest. XO

  16. Such a lovely bedroom and the lap desk is stunning. Such a super treasure. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  17. Oh so beautiful, Bonnie! The boxes are exquisite. I love the colors you've used in this room.

  18. Your lap desk is to die for. Your post is so wonderful, I would love it if you would share it at our WIW Linky Party. I hope you can join us.


  19. Bonnie, your boxes are incredible! I love the colors of your room, I need to find some blue and white pillows! hugs ~lynne~

  20. What an interesting (and beautiful) thing to collect. Your boxes are incredible and I love the idea of each one having such history and mystery attached. I also love your blue and white toile, it's so classic.
    Leslie (Gwen Moss)

  21. Bonnie~ What a gorgeous collection of boxes and your lap desk is a beauty!

  22. Hi Bonnie, Your bedroom is beautiful and I love your box collection.
    xx, Sherry


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