Old Treasure Chests: Vintage Barber Boxes

Old Treasure Chests: Vintage Barber Boxes

These beautiful rare old treasure chests were originally used by barber’s in the state of Maharashtra in north east India 50 years ago. Each folds out to reveal a mirror and either a single compart or a series of smaller compartments. Barbers would roam the streets shaving customers and cutting their hair. Their compact boxes would be used to store their straight razors, blades, scissors, tools and accessories.

vintage treasure chests
Of the all wooden boxes, trunks, coffers and boxes we hand pick these are the hardest to find. When we buy them they usually need to be repaired and have a new frame and mirror fitted. No two boxes are ever exactly the same. We leave the rest of the box as we as they have been found, So their patina, well-used character is not lost. Each one of Scaramanga’s unique old boxes has been lovingly restored to make it a perfect treasure box with a great worn look and feel which adds to their appeal.Sometimes they have engravings, images and symbols on their top. The more desirable boxes have decorative brass corners and edging. Some have drawers and a few have their original ornate moulded wooden frames.

vintage jewellery box
Vintage jewellery box

Today they make great vintage jewellery boxes or trinket boxes for women, or cuff link or a coins and key boxes for men.
We stock a range of mini old brass padlocks.

Read more about one of Carl’s vintage furniture buying trips and see our extensive range of antique and vintage wooden boxes and chests and old travel trunks.

Strait razor shaving box
Strait razor shaving box


brass decorated old shaving box


old wooden boxes
Old shaving boxes we have bought before the have been restored

old box with padlock


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