The Box Shop,  Camden Passage.

Joseph O'Kelly 
Antigone Clarke 

at the Sign of the Hygra
2 Middleton Road 
London E8 4BL 
Tel: 00 44 (0)20 7254 7074 

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We have a large range of exquisite 18th and 19th century boxes made in wood, tortoiseshell, ivory, papier-mâché etc.  There are tea caddies, sewing-boxes jewellery boxes, stationery boxes, writing boxes, and lap desks. Fitted dressing boxes. Snuff boxes and patch boxes. We have Anglo-Indian, Chinese export  lacquer boxespenwork and Tunbridgeware boxes. 

We also  stock boxed games such as Cribbage boxes, Pope Joan boxes, chess sets, card boxes. As long as the box is as important as the game. 

We value and try to preserve original finishes and condition.

We also deal in stringed instruments:- Lutes, mandolins, guitars and 'uds.

By avoiding the high overheads and crowds of the popular antique centres we can offer buyers quality stock at reasonable prices. 

We can ship items anywhere in the world using Federal Express.  Many destinations can be next day.  For more shipping information see Terms of Business. 

Joseph will undertake restoration  or conservation of museum quality early stringed instruments. Reports on conservation, care and historical background can also be undertaken in conjunction with restoration/conservation work.

 Joseph has been a maker/dealer/conservator of string instruments for twenty years and his workshop (same address) is included on the register of conservators maintained by the Conservation Unit of the Museums and Galleries Commission.

Antigone has been dealing in boxes for over twenty five years.  She started the well known "Box Shop" which was located at Camden Passage. She has examined boxes as a collector, dealer, advisor, cataloguer and conservator.

In the hope that her many years of experience will offer some guidance both to collectors and to people who wish to use beautiful things as a way of enhancing their environment, Antigone has now published a selection of her box notes on the Internet. 

This site is still under construction and new illustrations will be added continually as time permits.  New articles will be added, as they are prepared. 

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