When I saw this retro wooden pencil box in a vintage market in Gloucestershire, I couldn’t believe my luck; I’d been looking for one for a long time!
I used to have a pencil box just like this when I was very young so it immediately brought back a lot of memories. They were quite common then and several of my friends had them. This was before we all moved on to zip-up fabric pencil cases in bright colours or covered in the photos of our favourite band. Don’t judge me, I was young…!
Look a little closer and it’s obvious that this particular box had a family history. On the lid you can clearly see that JB Cutter stamped their ownership on it, probably by pressing very hard with a pen. Look on the base, however, and you can just see a barely visible “Hilary Ann Cutter” written in green ink.
Who owned it first? Were they siblings? Parent and child? We’ll never know but I love the thought that this item was passed from one owner to another, rather than just discarded when the original owner no longer wanted it.
It’s just possible that this might be the beginning of a collection…
Is it me, or does the box look like it’s floating in these two photos…?