(These are currently sold out. Please contact me if you would like to be on the waiting list for the next batch, which will be available in October 2019.)

Just in time for Bastille Day, French book arts boxes: a hand-curated selection of antique ephemera from my finds across France. Ideal for a variety of crafts, including art journals, altered books, mixed media, assemblage, and collage. All of the pieces are original and once they are gone, they are gone. Each box contains:

  • One vintage rosary;
  • Ten yards French linen thread (unwaxed);
  • One spool French linen thread/twine;
  • Vintage tin (distressed);
  • Six buttons for gendarme uniforms (some distressed);
  • Twenty celluloid buttons circa 1920s;
  • Edition of La Mode Illlustrée, a womans fashion magazine. Each will date from the 1870s to the 1880s and comes in a signature with four pages;
  • Edition of Paris Qui Chante, a theatre magazine from 1903, 8 pages;
  • Handwritten legal document with embossed stamping, dates varies from 1840s to 1870s. One signature of two pages;
  • French dictionary pages, 1846, two pages;
  • Signature from French prayer book, 1822, eight pages;
  • Handwritten ledger pages, circa 1902, two pages;
  • selection of invoices and/or letters, 1860s to 1940s;
  • Three cartes de visites (photographs), circa 1880s;
  • One handwritten invoice folded in wrapper style ;
  • Three playing cards, 1890;
  • Four game cards, 1950s (?);
  • Three vintage prayer cards;
  • Signature from prayer book, 1811, seven pages;
  • Signature from prayer book, 1834, seven pages;
  • Signature from prayer book, 1611, four pages;
  • Three vintage, handwritten postcards;
  • 10ml sample of handmade walnut ink;
  • Three yards tea-dyed sari silk;
  • Length of tea-dyed gauze.

There are six boxes available, after that I will go to a waiting list. Cost is £72 (approximately $91 usd) and shipping is £4 to the U.K. and £11 to the U.S. (approximately $14). For shipping to other countries, please let me know. To reserve your box, email me at kellyboler79@gmail.com or send a DM on Instagram at @bookandpaperarts. As always, I am happy to customise if possible.

Here are some of the comments from happy collectors who bought earlier boxes:

I received your box today and it exceeds all expectations!! I am having so much fun looking and feeling all the items inside! I love the vintage tin with the buttons, the inks, handwritten papers and the fabulous little journal inside! You will definitely hear from me again in the future for another order! I hope all is well! You have made one girl very happy today!

Thanks so much for the care you took in selecting my items!!” – Susan

“THIS BOX IS UTTERLY AMAZING! Its beauty is breathtaking and we can’t wait to play! Everything is exquisite. The papers. Journals. Packaging. Everything. You have such a knack. Incredible!!! THANK YOU!” – Amy

“Your new ephemera boxers look amazing! You really need to stop tempting me…lol! Thanks for all the extras you sent me with my order.” – Cheryl