Collecting Antique String Boxes
Antique treen string boxes were made in various shapes and sizes. In the 19th century no shop counter would be complete without a large string box. The most common during the second half of the 19th century were the lignum vitae string boxes similar to the one in image 1, they were approx 8cm high and some had cutter blades on the knop. This was in the days when goods purchased were wrapped in brown paper and tied with string!!!!
There are however many more antique string box shapes to find and collect, barrels, bee hives, eggs, acorns etc, I have shown a few in the images below. Usually the string is stored inside the box which has a screw top lid and a hole in the lid for the string. Some have cutters.
Although lignum vitae was the most common wood used as it was a very hard heavy wood and not prone to damage from heavy handed people, a variety of woods were used, box wood, laburnum and yew to name a few.
Not only do antique treen string boxes make a useful container to store string in but they make a great display when you have a few different shapes.