Tunbridge Ware Jewellery
Boxes, Trinket Boxes and Glove Boxes
ware jewellery and trinket boxes proved to be essential for any respected lady
of the Victorian house and one trained in domestic skills including storage
of the jewellery collection dictated the size of the requisite jewellery box
and the makers of Tunbridge ware provided ladies with a large selection of
elaborately decorated boxes secured under lock and key to suit many pockets.
Most were lavishly fitted with deep buttoned or pleated silk/velvet interiors
fashioned to receive trays and compartments for necklaces, rings and watches as
well as the option of a secret drawer.
boxes of various rectangular forms with domed lids were most popular the length of the gloves
dictating the desired size. Smaller rectangular boxes fitted with
perfume/cologne bottles were produced to be displayed on a dressing table.
The box has a hinged lid with a small turned wooden knob handle which has a minute section missing to the top. The interior of the box has a royal blue paper lining. The base lining is intact and exhibits appropriate wear
One other piece with the same design that were in our possession carried a label for Henry Hollamby
Once purchased, looking after your cherished piece of Tunbridge Ware is important. Keep it away from direct sunlight and away from direct sources of hea
Dome topped Tunbridge Ware box c1870
Tunbridge Ware became synonymous with the spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells in the 19th century as wealthy tourists flocked to take the waters, promenade along The Walks, now known as The Pantiles, and enjoy the local
Nineteenth century visitors to the spa town of Tunbridge Wells were spoilt for choice with a myriad of inlaid objects fashioned from Tunbridge Ware. Many were just keepsakes but some, such as this clothes brush, were designed for everyday use. Fashione
Tunbridge Ware rosewood trinket box by Edmund Nye c1860
A useful sized trinket box of classic design made in the mid 19th century by Edmund Nye. Alongside designer Thomas Barton, Nye was one of the main manufacturers of Tunbridge Ware during this period
Tunbridge Ware became synonymous with the spa town Royal Tunbridge Wells in the 19th century as wealthy tourists flocked to take the waters, promenade along The Walks, now known as The Pantiles, and enjoy the local sights. The intricate tesserae designs