The Antique Workbox or also known as a sewing box was an essential piece of antique furniture for the Victorian Lady, where she would keep her sewing and embroidery tools, fabric, needles and materials. They often had a fabric lined drawer below a drawer with lots of dividers and stand on a pedestal or shaped side supports. They were finished on all sides so could be placed in the centre of a room and look desirable from all angles. Mainly the work box was in figured Mahogany or more pretty timbers like burr Walnut or Rosewood and often inlaid with elegant designs such as stately homes using very skilful Tunbridge ware inlay. Antique Workboxes are beautiful freestanding pieces of furniture and actually very useful for storage as they can be used as a side or lamp table. Have a look below at our lovely examples available for sale.
Workboxes for sale
Below are a few examples of previously sold work-boxes but if any particular style looks of interest please let us know as we do get many similar designs in stock and we can try to locate something similar.
Victorian, Figured Walnut, Antique Work Box / Side Table
This delightful antique side table is actually a work box dating from the Victorian period, circa 1870, and is made from a beautifully figured walnut. The stunningly figured rectangular top has rounded corners and a moulded edge finished with a brass gallery. Below this can be found a frieze drawer with key and working lock along with a pull out work box storage basket covered in a delightful tapestry fabric. The table stands on ebonised, elegantly turned, barley twist supports along with a central barley twist turned cross stretcher.
Antique William IV Rosewood Workbox.
This stunning antique William IV rosewood workbox ca 1835 has a beautifully figured top above an oak lined moulded drawer with original turned handle. The antique workbox has an unusual upholstered shaped base and a pull out side drawer with needle and wool compartments. The workbox stands on a moulded pedestal with acanthus leaf carved corbels and has a quadriform base with small castors.
Quality William IV Flamed Mahogany Antique Side Table / Workbox. This delightful antique workbox would make the perfect side table with the added benefit of storage provided. It dates from around 1835 in the William IV period and has been constructed from a beautiful flamed mahogany. The rectangular top displays beautiful figuring and has rounded corners. A drawer with beautifully turned handles sits above the pull out storage compartment that has a fabric covered front and back. The table stands on a tapering octagonal pedestal and quadriform base which has beautifully scrolled feet finished with small brass castors.
Dear JamesSorry I’m a bit late in saying thank you very much for the table. It’s really lovely and just the right size. Nobody has noticed it yet mind you so it must blend in well!! It was delivered last Wednesday dead on the dot of 8.30 a.m.Thanking you again.Kind regardsBrenda
Afternoon James,Just to let you know that the small tables arrived this morning and we are delighted with them.Best,Peter
Hi James,This is just to say that I received the nest of 3 mahogany tables last Saturday, and am very pleased with them. We put them to use immediately, and my granddaughter very much enjoyed organising them and explaining how they work.Many thanks – hope all is well with you.Heather