This domed top jewellery box is veneered with richly figured thuya - unusually coming from the underground root burr of a softwood, the pencil cedar. The wonderful deep red colour is just asking to be french polished - and it was, eventually! There was plenty of hard work first, though - although this comes from what is technically a softwood, it is one of the hardest and most brittle of veneers - requiring extreme care to work it neatly.
It is about 12” x 8” x 7” high and the lid and front are treated as one panel, bookmatched with four consecutive leaves of veneer with the centre of the bookmatch along the top edge of the front. I often do this as it allows for a four-way match and for there to be a greater continuity from lid to front. I also allow the figured maple line that decorates it to run right around the two surfaces - any line along the front top edge would reduce the effect of the book match.The simple escutcheon is in matching figured maple.
The interior is fitted with a single tray with a drawer below and is lined troughout with green leather.The drawer is spring loaded and opened by raising a small turned ebony finial situated along the back edge of the interior of the box.
This is about as far as the drawer opens when it’s released - enough to allow it to be easily opened the rest of the way by hand. As can be seen the dovetailed drawer ‘hangs’ on runners in the style of traditional cabinet making - this ensures that the action of the drawer is always smooth and easy.
The trays fit in the box so that it sits proud and protrudes up into the curved lid making the most out of the available space. The lid is hinged with high quality polished brass quadrant hinges, stopping the lid securely just past 90 degrees.
The drawer is spring loaded and opened by raising this small turned ebony finial situated along the back edge of the interior.