Antique Tunbridge Ware Sewing Box
Antique sycamore sewing box with perspective cube design and tunbridge floral borders. The interior is lined with a patterned gold and pink paper and features a removable tray which has several compartments including some with sewing tools comprising seven mother... Read MoreEnquire
Antique sycamore sewing box with perspective cube design and tunbridge floral borders.
The interior is lined with a patterned gold and pink paper and features a removable tray which has several compartments including some with sewing tools comprising seven mother of pearl thread reels, a needle book, tool pad, tape measure and pin cushion. Underneath this tray is a large storage space.
This antique tunbridge ware sewing box comes with a fully working lock and tasselled key. The key must be turned clockwise to unlock.
All our items come with authentication certificate with image, as well as our latest catalogue, care instructions and separate invoice for insurance purposes. On top of this our items come with 14 day no quibble money back guarantee and are all fully insured for when shipping.
The History of Tunbridge Ware
Tunbridge Wells and Tunbridge, an area of Kent , became popular from the seventeenth Century for the therapeutic properties of the water . By the eighteenth century the place had became a popular resort for people to socialise. Superior shops were set up to sell local work of distinction to visitors as souvenirs. Many of the souvenirs sold were boxes decorated with all sorts of different kinds of designs.
Many of the Tunbridge boxes had a central print with views of such places as castles, churches, pavilions, animals, country scenes and sometimes prints of certain people, such as the Young Prince of Wales. These were surrounded by a variety of bandings and panels of floral and geometric designs.
Perspective Cube and Vandyke were patterns in use during the late 1790s This type of design was sometimes in a three-dimensional effect which gave depth to the design. A variety of exotic timbers would be used on some boxes particularly the Cube perspective and Vandyke patterns. Around this time stick ware and tessellated mosaic patterns became popular.