Antique Sewing Boxes
Antique Sewing Boxes are boxes originally used to store sewing equipment.
Brief history and description
Antique sewing boxes are typically made out of fine woods or materials, and many usually feature various types of folk art decor as well. Because of this, authentic antique sewing boxes are considered to be highly collectible (and very expensive) today.
Antique sewing boxes were once used to store various sewing tools such as needles, threads and spools, however, today these collectibles are sometimes simply used to display as decoration.
Guide for collectors
Sarchophagus-form sewing boxes are considered to be the most rare and valuable among collectors. Scrimshaw house-shaped sewing boxes are also considered to be both rare and valuable.
Restoration of an antique sewing box is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring an antique sewing box may decrease its value.
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Chinese sewing boxes
Antique Chinese lacquer fitted sewing boxes with gold and ivory décor are worth between $500 and $700.
Mother of Pearl sewing boxes
Case Antiques, Inc. in Knoxville, Tennessee sold a Victorian black lacquer papier mache "Mother of Pearl" sewing box for $900 in October of 2011.
Pook & Pook, Inc. in Downington, Pennsylvania sold a Palais Royal "Mother of Pearl" sewing box (circa 1815) for $1,500 in September of 2007.
"Sailor" sewing boxes
MV Auctions in Buzzards Bay, MA sold an antique inlaid sailor sewing box (circa 1840) for $700 in March of 2007.
Sarchophagus-form sewing boxes
William J. Jenack Auctioneers in Chester, New York sold an antique Sarchophagus sewing box for $2,000 in October of 2007.
English tortoiseshell sewing boxes
Antique English tortoiseshell sewing boxes are worth between $800 and $1,000.
Russian-carved walrus ivory sewing boxes
Russian-carved walrus ivory sewing boxes are worth around $750.
House-shaped sewing boxes
Central Street Antiques and Auction in Windsor, Connecticut sold a house-shaped ivory sewing box (circa 18th century) for $3,900 in January of 2010.
Garth's Auction Inc. in Delaware, Ohio sold a fine Scrimshaw house-shaped sewing box with pegged satinwood, ivory veneer, and decorations depicting a fence, gate and trees for $3,250 in November of 2004