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The Englishman Box - Keepsake Box with Antique Ephemera Lid

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A sweet decorative keepsake box with an illustration on the lid by George DuMaurier showing a young lady surrounded by 3 attentive Englishmen in black and white.

This box was created from a salvaged thrift store wooden box and the actual antique ephemera from a Harper's Monthly magazine from the 1890's. The box was probably meant to be a music box and still has holes where the mechanism would go, but the bottom has been lined by me with a removable copper bottom, so that nothing will fall out.

Inside the hinged lid of the box is the caption that was under the original illustration, it reads- "Three Nice Clean Englishman".

The box has a wonderful ole timey feel to it, not perfect, but full of vintage charm and decorative appeal. It would be wonderful to keep rings or small jewelry in, or simply displayed on a shelf or bookcase.

One of a Kind.

Inside the box is apx 1" x 3" x 2" (2.5 x 7.5 x 5cm)
Overall size of the box is apx 4" x 3" x 2.5" (10 x 7.5 x 6.25cm)

This item has been protected with a brushed varnish then sprayed with a clear gloss varnish for protection. The varnish is uneven in places, and the box itself has a few signs of age that only ad to it's rustic charm. This item hand made and sold as-is, please enlarge the images to see the details and contact me if you have any questions.

Since the actual ephemera was used, not prints or copies, this box is one of a kind, upcycled and unique!

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The Englishman Box - Keepsake Box with Antique Ephemera Lid


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: ephemera, wood box, varnish, copper
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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