W MacCarthy & Sons Ltd, Manufacturer of Cardboard Packaging & Presentation Boxes

Bespoke Presentation Boxes

The type of cardboard packaging which we specialise in is technically described as Paper over Board, although it will often be referred to as Presentation Packaging or Gift Boxes. We make boxes to your exact size, colour and print requirements so you can choose whatever specification you want. Paper over board means we use a thick card to form the shape of the box and we then wrap a paper around the outside to fully cover it. If you require we can also cover the inside of the box with paper, we refer to this as being lined inside. We are able to use a wide variety of covering materials ranging from printed sheets, uncoated stock papers to high end leatherette papers and book cloth. All of our boxes are handmade in our factory in London by our highly experienced staff although we have a semi-automated box wrapping machine for higher quantites. Our minimum order quantity is 50 and we can make over 5000 of certain styles and sizes.

Our presentation boxes protect your product too but their main purpose is to finish off your products high end look, really setting it apart from your competitors.

Below are the main styles of presentation boxes we can manufacture, you can find out more about each style of box by going to our blog website or if you would like a quote for some presentation boxes feel free to call us or request a quote.

This is our oldest machine, made in 1908. It cuts paper to the correct shape so it can be folded around the box Liam MacCarthy started making boxes in 1880, two of his sons are also pictured, Eugene and Bill Contrasting colours for inside lining and outside covers
This is our oldest machine, made in 1908. It cuts paper to the correct shape so it can be folded around the box Liam MacCarthy started making boxes in 1880, two of his sons are also pictured, Eugene and Bill Contrasting colours for inside lining and outside covers

Tray & lid boxes

Tray & lid boxes are the simplest style boxes we make, they consist of two parts, a tray and a lid which fits over the top to close the box. We can custom make these to your required dimensions and cover the boxes in your choice of paper or print so you can recieve a box which is unique to your brand.
To find out more about tray & lid boxes, including minimum and maximum sizes please read more on our blog.

Tray & lid box with a full depth lid Tray with ribbon pull for removing contents Contrasting colours for inside lining and outside covers
Tray & lid box with a full depth lid Tray with ribbon pull for removing contents Contrasting colours for inside lining and outside covers

Hinged lid boxes

Hinged lid boxes are made in much the same way as a tray & lid box, the tray and lid are separate items and they are attached together during the covering process providing an invisible hinge on the outside of the box. The inside hinge is normally made from a white or black calico cloth which gives the hinge strength and durability. We would normally recommend the inside of the box to be white or black to match the calico, if you require print or a special colour inside then you might be better off with a shoulder box. Please feel free to call us with any questions or request a quote.

Hinged lid box with white calico hinge, platform and tissue flysheets Hinged lid box hand covered in a bookcloth Black calico inside hinge and die cut platform
Hinged lid box with white calico hinge, platform and tissue flysheets Hinged lid box hand covered in a bookcloth Black calico inside hinge and die cut platform

Shoulder boxes with lift off lids

This style of box comprises of 3 parts, a tray, a shoulder (which is glued into the tray) and a removable lid which locates on the rim of the shoulder so it will close flush with the box. The shoulder can be used to create different styles of the box when it is opened. The shoulder will normally sit at least 20mm higher than the tray but if you put a deep lid on you can add to the capacity of the assembled box allowing for larger items inside. This will also make your products more visible when opening the box. Alternatively you can have a deeper shoulder which will give you a gap between the box and lid allowing the shoulder to show through, normally in a contrasting colour.

Shoulder box with lift off lid with 5mm gap of shoulder showing through Shoulder box with lift off lid covered with matt laminated printed sheets Shoulder box with a deep lid allows for the bottles to stand tall
Shoulder box with lift off lid with 5mm gap of shoulder showing through Shoulder box with lift off lid covered with matt laminated printed sheets Shoulder box with a deep lid allows for the bottles to stand tall

Shoulder boxes with hinged lids

Shoulder boxes are made in 3 parts, a tray, shoulder and a lid. The shoulder sits inside the tray, creating a rim and allowing the lid to close flush with the box. The lid is hinged on with a black or white calico which gives it strength and durability. On a shoulder box the calico hinge is mostly hidden by the shoulder so tit is less visible than on a normal hinged lid box. On larger boxes the lid might also require a ribbon stay on one side as you can see in the photo below.

Shoulder box with hinged lid and ribbon stay A tall narrow shoulder box covered in a leatherette style paper Hinged lid shoulder box covered with GF Smith Colorplan
Shoulder box with hinged lid and ribbon stay A tall narrow shoulder box covered in a leatherette style paper Hinged lid shoulder box covered with GF Smith Colorplan


If you would like to read more about the boxes we make you can read in more detail on our blog page or if you have any questions please feel free to contact us by phone, email or request a quote.