It is difficult to know when the intricately carved wood jewelry or trinket box made its first appearance, that is definitely a difficult history to trace.
Treen (literally “of a tree”) is a generic name for small handmade functional household objects made of silver, pewter, and ceramics and wood. Treen is distinct from furniture, such as chairs, and cabinetry, as well as clocks and cupboards. Before the late 17th century, when silver, pewter, and ceramics were introduced for tableware, most small household items, boxes and tableware were carved from wood. Today, treen is highly collectable for its beautiful patina and tactile appeal.
With regards to wooden trinket boxes, and even though jewelry has been worn by our earliest stone age ancestors and write down the ages, the first jewelry casket, as it was originally called might’ve originated in Egypt, as it is thought that the Egyptians were the ones who started transporting their jewelry hidden and ceramic jars and specimens of small trinket boxes have been unearthed at archaeological sites of ancient Babylon and Egypt dating back to 3000 BC.
There were also a small boxes that have been crudely nailed together, which might’ve been used to store jewelry.
There is some evidence of wood being used to create jewelry boxes and Egypt, Rome, and Asia many centuries ago. The other popular materials used in those days were antimony led calcite, bronze, China ivory, and Asian boxes, which were also silk cover.
Most boxes were electroplated with copper and given a fine finished with precious metals like silver and gold, and also ivory native Americans in the Northwest were famous for their jewelry boxes made of Cedar. The 17th and 18th century saw the age of Walnut, just like the age of Oak, which proceeded at gaining popularity.
The boxes of those times displayed ornate in the ways of mother Pearl or ivory jewelry boxes slowly became popular ones to be handed down to the next generation and also collected by travelers as souvenirs of their visit to exotic and exquisitely handcrafted wood jewelry box. It was a rare and precious work of art that was treasured.
Well crafted boxes made of good wood can last for centuries without losing its inherent charm. It symbolizes memories past and serves as a classic remnant of history at the onset of the industrial revolution.
Mass production took over and jewelry boxes were not such rare commodities anymore. This mass supply of boxes drastically reduced their demand. And also considerably brought down prices then came the mail order business, which took the Western world by storm and jewelry boxes were not as inaccessible as they were earlier, but this did affect the demand for the customized and specially handmade jewelry box.
But the wooden jewelry box is the one that has retained its charm and popularity over the ages. Some art forms that influenced the beautiful workmanship in those days were the Victorian art decor and art nouveau styles, a customized what jewelry box has not just utility value, but also immense value as a charming and affordable collectible.
It adorns the dressers of the rich and famous and exemplifies constantly changing trends and grafting styles, art forms and materials and exquisitely handcrafted wooden jewelry or trinket box grows in value as the years go by and could be handed down from generation to generation. This article was brought to you by Wood Decor. Please read another interesting wood crafted project on Supersonic Wooden Model Concorde.