Boxing Day


Quarter-Sawn Oak Desk Box with Dovetailed Joinery (LEO Design)


Back in the old days—when Middle Class families had live-in help—the servants were expected to serve their masters on Christmas Day.  It wasn't "a day off."  Servants would have the next day off, 26 December.  And, on this day, they would come-by the house to receive their Christmas gift from their employer—their "box"—thus it became known as "Boxing Day."  Today, the servants are long gone (at least in Middle Class households).  But the holiday remains—an official "bank holiday" in Britain and some British Commonwealth countries.

The desk box, shown above, is simplicity itself.  Handsome quarter-sawn oak is assembled with dovetailed joinery.  A simple hook keeps the lid closed.  It's the perfect box for keeping special letters, a bit of jewelry, or some other prized collection.  Click on the photo above to learn more about it.


Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (

We also can be found in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (

Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248