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 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 mostly the sellers' pictures. See links to British antique dealer websites.

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1.
(1985)
thumbnail 1 Sarcophagus Sewing Box
Van Dyke Sides
11-1/2 W
8 D
3-1/2 H
James II Galleries
NYC
2.
(1986)
thumbnail 2 Glove Box 7-3/4 W
4-1/2 D
2-1/8 H
Dianne Brick
3.
(2016)
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
24.
(2017)
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 [Est.]
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 5-1/2 W
3-1/8 D
0.8 H [Est.]
Shaun King Antiques
Attleborough, Norfolk