Wood Marquetry Inlaid Sweetheart Box, Photo 1935 Ford Tudor. - image 1 of 10

Wood Marquetry Inlaid Sweetheart Box, Photo 1935 Ford Tudor. This sweet thing is a real heart stopper. If you’re a softy like me, you can’t leave this page without looking through all of the photos of this box and pondering the unknown story behind its creation. Who is or was the lovely Miss “M”, and who loved her so much that he wanted to memorialize her on the cover of this amazing heart shaped box.

Of course the focal point is the cover and photo of the delightful “Miss M”. We know her name began with M because it’s right there, big as life, beneath her photo and it was made using several varieties of inlaid wood veneer. The photo, cut into a diamond shape, pictures a lovely lady with mid-length hair and a sweet smile. In the black and white photo her dress is light colored or white and she stands in front of a vintage, C.1930s automobile with her hand on the door handle. The auto appears to be a 1935 Ford Tudor (2-door) with a greyhound hood ornament, big wheel covers and sleek running boards. The framework for the photo is actually 4 rows of finely crafted wood veneer inlay including the fine lines called “stringing”. All of the marquetry is inlaid into exquisite figured Mahogany on the cover, with the same beautiful Mahogany used for the bottom.

The box itself is constructed with layers of different types and colors of wood all cut from the same heart shaped pattern. Paint is not used to create the pattern. It is simply done using multiple types and shades of wood. The top and bottom are attached with nice, sturdy hinges and a metal knob is inserted on the lid for use in opening. On the inside, the base and lid have a dark green, textured surface.

This box is really lovely and sweet, and the design was well thought out. It’s a nice tribute to the 1930s time period.

SIZE: 7 7/8” long; 6 ¾” wide; 2 5/8” deep.

MARKS: None apparent.

CONDITION: Very Good. The photo is well preserved under many layers of satin finish varnish.


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Wood Marquetry Inlaid Sweetheart Box, Photo 1935 Ford Tudor.


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