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Contents:  Hand made wooden display boxes and cups, mosaic tile box, vintage whale bone/lacquer box, Rheinperle wine bottle with mahogany wood box


Thuya Wood

The Thuya tree is a Coniferous mountain Cyprus tree indigenous to the Western Atlas mountains of North Africa. Its burl is a dense wood with a high oil content. Its color varies from rich golden brown to nearly black. This unique tree produces a large underground root with many outgrowths. The Greeks named it "Thuya" meaning sacrifice, because they used the oil distilled from it as incense in their religious ceremonies. Part of the root can be cut away to use for these crafts, which does not kill the tree. So this makes the meaning "sacrifice" apply to the tree itself which sacrifices a piece of itself for the sake of the artisans, and the root rejuvenates itself. Made by local craftsmen in a small coastal town called Essaouira in Morocco. The finish that's been applied is a hand rubbed shellac. 

We personally are addicted to these boxes. Not only is EVERY SINGLE ONE DIFFERENT, but the burl patterns, and the wonderful smell inside each box is wonderful and unique. "You can't buy just one!"



Individually measured; 1-1/4" to 1-1/2" diameter unless indicated otherwise


3-1/8" tall  $24


2-1/4" tall  $24


2-1/2" tall  $24


2-1/2" tall  $24


3-1/8" tall  $24


2-1/2" tall  $24


3-1/8" tall  $24


2-5/8" tall  $24


3-1/2" tall  $24


3-1/4" tall  $24


2-3/4" tall  $24


3-1/8" tall  $24


2-1/2" tall  $24


2-1/2" tall  $24


2-5/8" tall  $24


3" tall  $24


2-1/4" tall  $24


2-1/2" tall  $24


2-7/8" tall  $24


2-3/8" tall  $24


2-1/4" tall  $24


2-7/8" tall  $24


2" tall  $24

#BOX-172  $24

#BOX-177  $24

#BOX-178  $24

#BOX-181  $24

#BOX-185  $24

#BOX-193  $24

#BOX-197  $24

#BOX-200  $24

#BOX-204  $24

#BOX-205  $24

#BOX-211  $24

#BOX-213  $24



2-1/4" diameter x 1-5/8" tall

#BOX-230  $29

#BOX-231  $29

#BOX-232  $29



3" diameter or across


#BOX-260  $32

#BOX-261  $32

#BOX-262  $32

#BOX-263  $32

#BOX-264  $32

#BOX-265  $32

#BOX-266  $32

#BOX-267  $32

#BOX-268  $32

#BOX-270  $32

#BOX-273  $32

#BOX-285  $32

#BOX-288  $32




4-1/4" diameter x 2-1/2" tall

#BOX-407  $59

4-3/4" wide x 3-3/8" deep x 2-1/4" tall, weight: 8.8 oz

#BOX-501  $55

#BOX-503  $55

#BOX-506  $55

#BOX-507  $55

#BOX-509  $55
We also have Gator Boxes

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Click here to check out our Gator covered boxes starting with #EL-19


Yes we know they're not boxes but they ARE Thuya wood
Gorgeous pattern and color, beveled lip, just exquisitely made
Use for pencils, brushes or just for display.  You name it.
Measure 4-1/8" tall x 3-1/8" diameter
Weight: 4.1 ounces
Photo of side and bottom of cup

#CUP-1  $38  SOLD

#CUP-2  $38  SOLD

#CUP-3  $38

#CUP-4  $38


African burl Thuya wood- SNAKE BITE BOX!  (also known as the "Snake in box").  You have a mean streak, this one's for you - hand it to a friend, they innocently slide the top open and voila!  The snake pops up and "bites" their finger with his wooden tongue!  Endless fun...I hate to admit it, but teachers have bought it to torture their poor students.  The mischievous look of glee on a child's face when they open it ONCE is enough for a lifetime - their first thought is who to fool next! 


3-1/4" long x 1" wide x 2-1/4" tall

(204 available)


Check out our other SNAKE BITE BOX

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Mosaic Tile Box


Large display/storage box, not hinged
Colorful glass mosaic tiles measure 3/4" square, in subtle shades of blues, golden, green and rust colors with random geometric patterns in each tile.
What the box itself is made of is unclear except for the black interior lid that appears to be synthetic and sturdy material.
Box measures 10" long x 6" wide x 4-1/2" tall
Lid lifts off, interior is a black finish on the lid, and black fabric on the box
No damage or wear, age unknown

Weight: 3 pounds 2.9 ounces


Vintage Whale Bone/Lacquer Box



Vintage (circa Civil War era 1860's) whale bone/lacquer box
Made with strips of whale bone on the outside, lacquer box base
Scrimshawed by sailor on whaling ship - themes: ribbon and eagle on top, whaling ships on all 4 sides.
Measures 5" long x 3-3/8" wide x 2-1/2" tall

Weight: 11.4 ounces



Civil War era, HEART shaped Lacquer box made with outer layer of (what we believe to be) whale bone strips
Delicate floral pattern and birds on top and all around sides
Insides and bottom are lacquer black

Measures 4-3/4" tall x 5" wide x 2-5/8" tall

Weight: 9.3 ounces


Lacquer Box


Highly lacquered reddish/rust pencil size box
Inlaid Paua shell pieces in lid.  Lid lifts off (no hinge)
Perfect, without flaw, gorgeous work
Measures 8-1/2" long x 3" wide x 1-1/4" tall
Weight: 8.8 ounces


Rheinperle Wine Bottle with Mahogany Wood Box


Vintage Gray Salt glazed wine bottle, no stopper
Measures 11-1/4" tall x 2-3/4" diameter, opening is 7/8" diameter
"Rheinperle" stamped on front; circa 1969
Weight: 1 pound 13.7 ounces
Crafted from the finest stoneware, renowned for its durability and ability to retain flavors, this wine bottle embodies the essence of German excellence in pottery. The salt glaze finish, a hallmark of the region's pottery tradition, lends it a rustic and textured appearance, reminiscent of the rustic charm of old-world Europe.

Not associated, but this bottle comes with a
Vintage circa 1998 dark brown Mahogany wood wine box
"The Bombay Company Inc", brass nameplate "BOMBAY" below it the number "085" on bottom (see photo for full description)
Sliding lid, blank oval (engraveable) brass nameplate on top, brass handle to slide
Minor nicks on one side of top.
Measures 14-3/4" long x x 4-1/2" wide x 4-1/2" tall
Weight: 2 pounds 9.7 ounces
Combined weight: 4 pounds 7.4 ounces

Price for both:

Click here to see a vintage snuff box

New Music Themed Boxes

#M13-E - pg 1 Music Jewelry

Series #M336 - pg 3 Music Jewelry