A “ditty box” is a small box that every sailor made to accommodate their personal belongings. They were used to hold cherished possessions and practical items such as needles, thread, and soap. Ditty boxes are as varied as the men who made them. They can be round or square and often employ symbols such as diamond shapes, stars, and initials or names.
This box is a reproduction of a nineteenth century sailor-made ditty box. It is made of mahogany and joined with through dovetails. The top has four diamond ivory inlays and a star ivory inlay. It has a solid brass lock and a triangular ivory escutcheon.
This class will give you the opportunity to learn many new skills in one small project. You will learn dovetail joints, how to set brass hinges, and you will install a brass mortise lock. You will also carve and shape the edge profile on the top of the box, as well as making and installing all the ivory inlays. Don't miss out on your chance to make this attractive and useful little storage box.
Length 11-1/4”; width 6-1/2”; height 4”.