Traditional display cases for Sailors Valentines are typically octagonal is shape with all eight sides of equal length; however, a small number of antique Sailors Valentines were made in boxes with two or four of the eight sides longer than the others, resulting in an elongated octagon. Most of the antique cases had a glass front that was held in place with eight pieces of removable molding. The more finely crafted cases were sometimes made with a hinged lid held in position with a hook latch or a mortise lock.
Our solid wood display cases and display tables are crafted from a wide variety of domestic and imported woods. In addition to precision construction, we incorporate a superior type of joinery, mortise and tenon, in our tables and Premium Quality Boxes that virtually eliminates the possibility of glue joint failure and provides superior strength to resist breakage if the case is dropped. Our Commercial Quality Boxes are similar to most boxes on the market today. They feature the same precision construction as our Premium Quality Boxes, but utilize simple butt joints instead of mortise and tenon joinery for the sides of the box.
All of our Sailors Valentine boxes come with picture glass that is held in place with 8 pieces of wood molding. Our value priced boxes (”Good Value” boxes) have the glass molding recessed from the top edge of the box; whereas the other styles have the glass molding sanded flush with the top edge of the box. In addition, the value priced boxes have back panels made of relatively low priced plywood which is fixed into the box with clear flexible caulk and brads. All of our other styles of boxes utilize cabinet grade plywood back panels held in place with brass screws for front/back loading boxes, or inserted into dados cut into the sides of the box during assembly.