Tunbridge Ware Collection

Royal Tunbridge Wells was a spa destination in Roman times. Over the past 200+ years a tourism industry built up around the spas. The local artisians created souvenirs from wood to sell to the tourists. The earlier pieces did not have the mosaic pictures, but instead had cubes in 3-D perspectives. Or tumbling blocks. The mosaics were a form of mass production. Lots of little sticks were glued together and then sliced. Wikipedia page on Tunbridge ware.

I collect boxes, and other treen that has flat surfaces for the wood specimens. But tunbridge ware was made for all treen that was popular at the time. (The mosiacs could be put on curved items, like napkin holders.) Numbers are acquisition numbers. Pictures from #3 onwards are the seller's pictures. See links to British antique dealer websites. Contents to the below:

Large

1. thumbnail 1 Sarcophagus Sewing Box 11.5W × 8D × 3.5H James II Galleries, NYC, 1985
2. thumbnail 2 Glove Box 7.75W × 4.5D × 2.2H Dianne Brick, 1986
14. thumbnail 14 Handkerchief Box 6-1/16W × 6-1/16D × 2-1/4H Amherst Antiques, 2016

Snuff Boxes

3. thumbnail 3 Round Snuff Box 2.875D × 1.1875H PegsPrintHouse, Etsy, 2016
9. thumbnail 9 Square Snuff Box 2.375W × 2.375D × 1.18H Amherst Antiques

Puzzle Boxes

10. thumbnail 10 Square Puzzle Box 1.875W × 1.875D × 0.625H Amherst Antiques

Stamp Boxes

4. thumbnail 4 Single Stamp Box 1.75W × 1.5D × 0.75H Graham Smith Antiques
17. thumbnail 17 Single Stamp Box 1-9/16W × 1-9/16D × 15/16H Amherst Antiques
5. thumbnail 5 Triple Stamp Box, c. 1920 3.5W × 1.375D × 0.9375H Amherst Antiques
6. thumbnail 6 Triple Stamp Box, c. 1920 3.5625W × 1.5625D × 0.9375H Amherst Antiques

Trinket Boxes

8. thumbnail 8 Small Rectangular Box 2.5W × 1.4375D × 1.125H Amherst Antiques
12. thumbnail 12 Small Rectangular Box 2.625W × 1.625D × 1.25H Mostly Boxes Antiques
7. thumbnail 7 Narrow Trinket Box 3.8125W × 1.125D × 0.75H Amherst Antiques
16. thumbnail 16 Trinket Box 4-15/16W × 2-3/8D × 1H eBay
17. thumbnail 17 Trinket Box 3-1/2W × 1-1/2D × 1-7/16H eBay

Special Purpose Boxes

11. thumbnail 11 Matchbox Holder 2.4375W × 1.6875D × 1H eBay
13. thumbnail 11 Silk Skein Holder 8-15/16W × 1-3/4D × 9/16H Amherst Antiques
15. thumbnail 11 Needlebook 3-3/16W × 1-3/4D (wood part) × 3/8H Amherst Antiques

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