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 micro mosaic pictures, but instead had cubes in 3-D perspectives. Or cascading cubes [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 mosaics could be put on curved items, like napkin holders.) Numbers are acquisition numbers. Pictures from #3 onwards are mostly the sellers' pictures.

See links to British antique dealer websites.

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1985

1. thumbnail 1 Sarcophagus Sewing Box
Van Dyke Sides
11-1/2 W × 8 D × 3-1/2 H
James II Galleries, NYC

1986

2. thumbnail 2 Glove Box
7-3/4 W × 4-1/2 D × 2-1/8 H
Dianne Brick

2016

3. thumbnail 3 Round Snuff Box
2-7/8 D × 1-3/16 H
PegsPrintHouse on Etsy

4. thumbnail 4 Single Stamp Box
1-3/4 W × 1-1/2 D × 3/4 H
Graham Smith Antiques
Horsley, Newcastle upon Tyne

5. thumbnail 5 Triple Stamp Box, c. 1920
3-1/2 W × 1-3/8 D × 15/16 H
Amherst Antiques
Edenbridge, Kent

6. thumbnail 6 Triple Stamp Box, c. 1920
3-9/16 W × 1-9/16 D × 15/16 H
Amherst Antiques

7. thumbnail 7 Narrow Trinket Box
3-13/16 W × 1-1/8 D × 3/4 H
Amherst Antiques

8. thumbnail 8 Small Rectangular Box
2-1/2 W × 1-7/16 D × 1-1/8 H
Amherst Antiques

9. thumbnail 9 Square Snuff Box
2-3/8 W × 2-3/8 D × 1-3/16 H
Amherst Antiques

10. thumbnail 10 Square Puzzle Box
1-7/8 W × 1-7/8 D × 5/8 H
Amherst Antiques

11. thumbnail 11 Matchbox Holder
2-7/16 W × 1-11/16 D × 1 H
nitram1970 on eBay

12. thumbnail 12 Small Rectangular Box
2-5/8 W × 1-5/8 D × 1-1/4 H
Mostly Boxes Antiques

13. thumbnail 11 Silk Skein Holder
8-15/16 W × 1-3/4 D × 9/16 H
Amherst Antiques

14. thumbnail 14 Handkerchief Box
6-1/16 W × 6-1/16 D × 2-1/4 H
Amherst Antiques

15. thumbnail 11 Needlebook
3-3/16 W × 1-3/4 D (wood part) × 3/8 H
Amherst Antiques

16. thumbnail 16 Single Stamp Box
1-9/16 W × 1-9/16 D × 15/16 H
Amherst Antiques

17. thumbnail 17 Trinket Box
4-15/16 W × 2-3/8 D × 1 H
hound61752se on UK eBay

18. thumbnail 18 Stamp Box
1-3/8 W × 1-3/8 D × 3/4 H
Debbie Robson via UK eBay

19. thumbnail 19 Trinket Box
3-1/2 W × 1-1/2 D × 1-7/16 H
addvay on eBay

20. thumbnail 20 Clothes Brush
6-3/4 W × 1-1/8 D × 1-9/16 H
Amherst Antiques

21. thumbnail 21 Blotter Cover
8-1/2 W × 5-1/2 D × 1/2 H
Amherst Antiques

22. thumbnail 22 Needles Box
1-7/16 W × 1-3/16 D × 2-7/16 H
Amherst Antiques

23. thumbnail 23 Box with Domed Lid
4-1/16 W × 2 D × 1-5/8 H
quirkycurios2011 on eBay

2017

24. thumbnail 24 Trinket or Jewelry Box
6-7/16 W × 4 D × 1-5/16 H
abc8588 on UK eBay

25. thumbnail 25 Small Puzzle Box
2 W × 2 D × 5/8 H
Myerscough & Mairs on UK eBay

26. thumbnail 26 Small Clothes Brush
3-13/16 W × 1-5/8 D × 1-5/16 H
salvatorparadise on US eBay

27. thumbnail 27 Trinket Box
3-7/16 W × 2-1/2 D × 1-3/8 H
fightlb on US eBay

28. thumbnail 28 Trinket Box with hinged lid
4-1/4 W × 2-15/16 D × 1-7/16 H
teritone on UK eBay

29. thumbnail 29 Glove Box with Van Dyke Sides
9-9/16 W × 3-9/16 D × 2-9/16 H
Reindeer Antiques, London

30. thumbnail 30 Glove Box with Van Dyke Sides
8-1/8 W × 3-1/8 D × 2-1/4 H
Graham Foster Antiques on UK eBay

31. thumbnail 31 Box with Large Cubes
7-1/2 W × 5-1/2 D × 2-9/16
Gerald Eanor, Antique Boxes & Collectables
Dereham, Norfolk

32. thumbnail 32 Box with Perfume Bottles
Van Dyke Sides
5-11/16 W × 2-3/8 D × 2-11/16 H
Gerald Eanor, Antique Boxes & Collectables

33. thumbnail 33 Paperweight
5-3/8 W × 3-1/8 D × 15/16 H
Shaun King Antiques, Attleborough, Norfolk

34. thumbnail 34 Single Compartment Tea Caddy
7-3/4 W × 4-1/4 D × 4.33 H
Wolfhill Antiques
Freshford, Kilkenny, Ireland

35. thumbnail 35 Clothes Brush
6-3/4 W × 1-1/8 D × 1-9/16 H
UK eBay seller dorothlaveric-0

36. thumbnail 36 Glove Box with Vandyke Sides
9-1/2 W × 3-1/4 D × 2-3/4 H
UK eBay seller alecgarner