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Tunbridge Ware Single Compartment Tea Caddy with Lock and Key c1880

Heading : Tunbridge Ware Tea Caddy with Lock and Key
Date : c1880
Period : Victoria
Origin : Royal Tunbridge Wells, England
. Most probably Thomas Barton
Decoration : Floral mosaic panel to lid framed with a geometrical mosaic band
Size :  13.3cm x 10.9cm x 10.7cm
Condition : Excellent for its age. Lining paper to lid worn but intact, shrinkage crack in the base
Restoration : Professionally cleaned and polished.
Weight :  363g

A tea caddy with original internal lid and a working lock with key – tea being an expensive commodity! The lid has an intricate mosaic floral panel framed by a geometrical mosaic band.

 

The story of Tunbridge Ware is not well documented. It reached its peak of popularity in Victorian times when it became fashionable to visit the historic Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells to sample the healing powers of the Chalybeate Springs. Local craftsman created a wealth of products that could be bought by visitors to commemorate their time at the Spa. As the popularity of the distinctive marquetry and parquetry products grew so did the complexity and variety of designs and the industry itself.

 

Once purchased, looking after your cherished piece of Tunbridge Ware is important. Keep it away from direct sunlight and away from direct sources of heat. Do not oil or sandpaper it. All it requires is a light wax polish once a year and the occasional dusting to maintain in good order.

References:

Tunbridge Ware and Related European Decorative Woodwares – 3rd edition
By Brian Austen

 

The Story of Tunbridge Ware

By Friends of Tunbridge Wells, Museum, Library and Art Gallery

 

 

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  • Product Code: 20062631
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