Adding to a New Collection

2.17.2012

A few weeks ago I shared with you a vintage wooden box that I picked up at an antique mall. You can see that post here. Of course that has caused me to look at any and all wooden boxes I spy now. That's just what I need, another collection starting.

The first time I spotted this beauty it was more than I wanted to pay. This is really old and not cheap. The prices of these old boxes can be pretty steep.

But, oh, how I wanted it. Just look at that patina from years of use.

Beautiful golden color and inlaid name on top.

Looks like it may say Worthington, but it is so worn it is hard to read.

The inside of this was probably red originally, but has changed to a purplish hue over the years.

The leather on the bottom is very worn and faded, too. 

The wood on the edges is very worn.

When I went back to the antique mall again it had been marked down from $125 to $85 so I went ahead and bought it.

I haven't even shown y'all the vignette on this drop leaf table since Christmas.

I love how all my vintage finds have created this vignette.

I still love my little twelve dollar cow scene I found last year. Now, I am on the hunt for an affordable large cow landscape to hang over the fireplace. This may take awhile. 





As you can see this box is quite large and I believe the tag said vintage English box.

Do you collect boxes?


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57 comments:

  1. Kim,

    I am a box collector....absolutely beautiful patina on this one!

    blessings,
    karianne

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  2. That's a beautiful inlaid box, Kim. Great patina. Nice vignette too.

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  3. Got home and catching up...I have a wooden box simular in size with a dear head carved, it holds all my candles at the farm..I also have a small one that holds only a few tapers at this house, I love wooden boxes..yours is a real find!

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  4. Love the patina on the box, and beautiful vignette.

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  5. Love your vignette. I can so see why your were drawn to the box. I have a couple that have been in my family. You inspire me to drag them out and put them to use (even if it's just visual use - LOL!)

    - The Tablescaper

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  6. I like boxes. I don't collect them, but I do have a very cool old wooden cigar box that I've had for years. I wonder what yours was for when it was "born"?

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  7. I've got me a few boxes, think I stuck them in cabinets to hold stuff. Best get them out!

    Large Cow Landscape... this struck me funny but I'll be on the lookout.

    ~Bliss~

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  8. I do collect boxes and sometimes you have to pay a little more for a wonderful old box. I'm usually never sorry when I do, though. Yours is beautiful and adds a great addition to your vignette.
    Mary Alice

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  9. That is a great little box Kim! I love old worn things like this. Love the vignette too.

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  10. oh forgot to tell you coming home we had a layover in ATL and stepped off the plane and just about froze going through the breezeway....what???? you guys must have had a cold snap last weekend?

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  11. I have a pretty box that's been handed down in my family. It's in my office, and I have notecards inside. I love the way it feels and the ancient latch on the front. The magnifying glasses are wonderful, btw. All those little collections add up, don't they?

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  12. this is gorgeous Kim, and you're so right, they tend to be very expensive! Looks wonderful on your table, thanks so much for linking up to the party!

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  13. I collect boxes too but haven't bought any in a while. Yours is very pretty and you got a good deal.

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  14. I LOVE,LOVE wooden boxes, especially Victorian work boxes, but they're priced WAY out of my price range. Yours is so pretty. I like the name on top. Doesn't it make you wonder who owned it and what they used it for?
    Great vignette.

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  15. The box fits in perfectly with this vignette, Kim!

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  16. Love it Kim and I really love that cow print too! I just ordered a cow from The AntiqueFarmhouse...I just hope I love it! Your vignette looks amazing, nice addition with the wooden box.
    Debbie

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  17. I love boxes and patina. It's a marriage made in heaven! LOL

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  18. Love you box! My son has always loved them, so as he was growing up (and I was dragging him with me to shops...lol!) we'd pick them up here and there. They are packed away, I should get them out!

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  19. Hi, I LOVE antique boxes & have been collecting them for about 20 years now. Your new find is lovely! I think it was most likely a lady's work box or sewing box and would have had a lift-out tray lined with the same paper that would rest on the little ledges inside. You are right, nice boxes can be pricey...my favorites are tea caddies and unfortunately they tend to be very expensive! :)

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  20. I love your new "old" box! It is so classic that it will continue to look good in your decor no matter how it evolves over the years. I love the top of it too. Your entire vignette is charming on that drop leaf table.

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  21. Hey Kim, first, thanks for featuring me this week on the WOW party. I love looking at all the great inspiration every week.

    I too collect boxes. You've given me an idea for a blog post one day. I like your new box, and vignette looks nice and interesting too.

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  22. Very pretty Kim I love old pieces like that. Love the vignette!

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  23. I love the honey colored wood tone of your box. I have a few boxes, but mine were most likely shop class projects from long ago.

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  24. It's lovely Kim. I don't really collect boxes at this time, but I love the old tortoise shell boxes - way our of my price range.

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  25. What a beautiful piece, and it's perfect on the table in that vignette!

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  26. Gimme boxes and more boxes! I love them, too, and yours is fabulous!
    -Revi

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  27. Kim, your new box is just gorgeous...the patina is wonderful! The whole vignette is absolutely beautiful :o)
    Have a great weekend!
    ~Des

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  28. I LOOOVE this vignette, Kim. YOu find the neatest things! Just home from Fl. and will share some of the things I got there soon. Love your box and all of the things you are collecting. XO, Pinky

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  29. Love your box, what a lovely find. Your vignette is beautiful. I also really like all the magnifying glasses. Hugs, Marty

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  30. I've started and old box/crate/basket collection, too. And trust me, I need one more collection, like I need another hole in my head. I really like the lamp. I don't remember seeing that before, either, and since I collect those too, I tend to notice them. I think you and I need to open booths in an antique mall (where we each live) to support our habits. ;o)

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  31. Maybe 'justify' would be a better word than 'support'. ;o)

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  32. Girl you are the queen of vignettes. I just love how you style them! I have been on the lookout for an antique box to hold our remotes in. Great find!
    Lacy

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  33. So funny! I just pulled out an old antique box and put it on my coffee table. It belonged to my Grandmother.I love how yours looks. I guess great minds think a like!

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  34. Kim, I love what you've discovered. I adore old boxes (not all with lids, however) and I find them so useful about the house. Great find. Great price.

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  35. I actually DO have a few wooden boxes with some very special items in them. One of them has already been photographed for an upcomng post (but I didn't get to edit them yet!) Mine do not have the leather bottom like your do, though. andrea@townandprairie

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  36. What a beautiful piece of history! The purple-pink color on the inside is a fun surprise.

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  37. I love vintage and antique boxes and have been known, just like Pavlov's dog, to start salivating at the sight of one. My reward of course is taking it home with me. :)

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  38. Oh, yes. I do love The Old Box. Along with the ones containing silver, I have a few that were for holding stationary and pens, which looks like what this one is. LOVE the old boxes! ;) blessings ~ tanna

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  39. Hi Kim,
    What a great find!
    The patina is so beautiful!
    The drop leaf table is looking good! I love drop leaf tables, they are so practical...
    All the Best,
    Christine

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  40. This is a beautiful olden box.
    Very pretty vignette....
    xo bj

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  41. Darling little box, that is an item you can always find a use for. Great score, especially with the sale price:)

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  42. Kim, I too love wooden boxes. I especially like ones that came with gameboards and held gameboard pieces. Your box is gorgeous! I enjoy following your collections. Anne

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  43. Love the box and I do like the patina too. I am going to look for something like this for my husbands office.

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  44. Good Morning, Kim! Boxes are growing in popularity here, out west. They're on my radar, though I don't have any. Yours is beautiful!

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  45. Kim, this is a sweet find. I love the patina on these old pieces. I one who also collects these pieces, though I don't have fine, expensive ones. Right now I have a few on the mantel along with some of my various wooden pears (yet another collection of sorts). Funny how these things just begin to happy without any thought to it.
    Love the charming vignette you have created! ~ sarah

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  46. You've created a lovely vignette, Kim. The box is gorgeous. I love items that have this kind of character.
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    ~ Wendi ~

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  47. Hi Kim,
    That is a beautiful box!I love the patina. Your vignette is gorgeous.I wish i could find a big cow print too.Have a great weekend.

    Kathy

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  48. I love boxes. And, that is a gorgeous one. You did good.

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  49. OH the patina on that box is lovely, Kim! Really a special piece! I do have boxes, but they tend to be more rough and rustic...I'm thinking I'd like to find some beauties like yours!

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  50. Kim, I don't guess I have looked at vintage boxes but am really enjoying yours. The inlaid name on the top is interesting. Now I am remembering a couple of old boxes of my grandmothers. Funny how seeing someone else's find sparks an old memory. I can remember her keeping embroidery floss in the box. Your box looks perfect on your table vignette. Now your box has a perfect place to set. Thanks for sharing.

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  51. Love that box Kim!

    I have been collecting vintage and antique boxes for a number of years, old 19th century sea shell boxes, writing boxes, document boxes, tramp-art boxes, mahogany boxes, painted boxes....love them!

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  52. There is something about old wood boxes that I love. I have several but nothing as gorgeous as the one you showed us. The inlaid name is such a special touch on yours.
    Jane

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  53. love, love, love your box! I too am crazy about old boxes! This one is beautiful with that pretty wood color and I love the inlaid design on top.. a beautiful centerpiece for the table..
    XO
    Jan

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  54. That box is just beautiful Kim and looks perfect in your vignette! Thanks so much for sharing it at Inspiration Friday this week! :-)
    Vanessa

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  55. Oh, yes. What is it about a wooden box?! Perhaps the promise that some treasure lies within!

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  56. I never met a box I didn't like! Yours is beautiful, and I like the vignette you have put together.

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