Sewing And Needlework Boxes

Tunbridge Ware Needlework and Sewing Boxes


‘The devil makes work for idle hands’ is a phrase only too redolent in the Victorian home where hard work and an industrious ethos demanded many hours dedicated to sewing and mending. Consequently the sewing box, needlework box or sewing basket proved to be a central necessity and invariably in constant use. Everything had its place and there was a place for everything, clean and tidy.


Daughters of the family would be instructed by their mother or governess into the arts of needlework and the essential sewing supplies and accessories such as pincushions and tape measures that have often survived in some Tunbridge Ware boxes until the present day.


Such boxes were invariably supplied with internal and removable trays with multiple divisions and compartments. Perhaps the most enduring of Victorian needlework skills are best witnessed today in the number of ‘samplers’ with cross stitching, quilting and other techniques that are often named and dated and sometimes include the alarmingly young ages of those responsible.


The makers of Tunbridge Ware were able to provide the Victorian seamstress with a bewildering variety of sewing supplies including pin boxes, pin trays, bodkins, pin books, bobbins and sewing baskets.  Other variations in white wood with hand painted floral or landscapes include baskets, panniers and table clamps.


The use of contrasting dark and white wood slender panel decoration referred to as ‘Stick Ware’ was also offered by the Tunbridge makers on all manner of sewing accessories.

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Tunbridge Ware Cotton Box with Pin Hinged Lid c1925

Tunbridge Ware Cotton Box with Pin Hinged Lid c1925

A very fine Tunbridge ware cotton box with pin hinged lid from c1925 in excellent condition. For more antique treen, including a wide range of Tunbridge ware boxes, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£125.00

Tunbridge Ware Pen or Reel Box c1860

Tunbridge Ware Pen or Reel Box c1860

A Tunbirdge ware pen or reel box from c1860 in good condition. For more antique treen, including a wide range of Tunbirdge ware boxes, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£225.00

Tunbridge Ware Work Box with Velvet Cover c1860

Tunbridge Ware Work Box with Velvet Cover c1860

A very fine Tunbridge ware sewing box from c1860 in excellent condition. For more antique treen, including a wide range of Tunbridge ware boxes, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£290.00

Tunbridge Ware String Box c1890

Tunbridge Ware String Box c1890

A very fine Tunbridge ware string box from c1890 in excellent condition. For more antique treen, including a wide range of Tunbridge ware sewing boxes, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£125.00

Tunbridge Ware Workbox c1860

Tunbridge Ware Workbox c1860

A very fine Tunbridge Ware workbox from c1860 in excellent condition. For more antique treen, including a wide range of Tunbridge ware trinket boxes, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£450.00

Tunbridge Ware Pin Cushion and Reel or Silk Box with Floral Mosaic c1850

Tunbridge Ware Pin Cushion and Reel or Silk Box with Floral Mosaic c1850

A very fine Tunbridge Ware pin cushion and reel or silk box with floral mosaic from c1850 in excellent condition. For more antique Tunbridge Ware please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£360.00

Tunbridge Ware - A Turned and Ribbed Cylindrical Stickware Box with Mosaic Lid c1855

Tunbridge Ware - A Turned and Ribbed Cylindrical Stickware Box with Mosaic Lid c1855

Tunbridge Ware - A Turned and Ribbed Cylindrical Stickware Box with Mosaic Lid c1855

£80.00

An Early And Magnificent Tunbridge Ware Sewing Cabinet by George Wise c1815

An Early And Magnificent Tunbridge Ware Sewing Cabinet by George Wise c1815

A Magnificent Tunbridge Ware Sewing Cabinet by George Wise c1815

£1,375.00

A Small Tunbridge Ware Yarn Bobbin with An Applied Print of The Monument  London c1825

A Small Tunbridge Ware Yarn Bobbin with An Applied Print of The Monument London c1825

A Small Tunbridge Ware Yarn Bobbin with An Applied Print of The Monument London c1825

£55.00

A Sarcophagal Tunbridge Ware Sewing Box with Isometric Cube Design c1835

A Sarcophagal Tunbridge Ware Sewing Box with Isometric Cube Design c1835

A Sarcophagal Tunbridge Ware Sewing Box with Isometric Cube Design c1835

£685.00

A Large Three Drawer Tunbridge Ware Jewellery Chest and Work Box c1925

A Large Three Drawer Tunbridge Ware Jewellery Chest and Work Box c1925

Tunbridge Ware - A Large Three Drawer Jewellery Chest and Work Box c1925

£785.00

Tunbridge Ware Sewing Box with Eridge Castle Topographic Mosaic c1860

Tunbridge Ware Sewing Box with Eridge Castle Topographic Mosaic c1860

Tunbridge Ware Sewing Box with Eridge Castle Topographic Mosaic c1860

£425.00

Tunbridge Ware - A Very Finely Decorated Sewing Box with 'Hurst Wood Cottage' Mosaic c1840

Tunbridge Ware - A Very Finely Decorated Sewing Box with 'Hurst Wood Cottage' Mosaic c1840

Tunbridge Ware - A Very Finely Decorated Sewing Box with 'Hurst Wood Cottage' Mosaic c1840

£525.00

Tunbridge Ware - An Early Sewing Box with Mounted Brighton Pavilion Print c1820

Tunbridge Ware - An Early Sewing Box with Mounted Brighton Pavilion Print c1820

Tunbridge Ware - An Early Sewing Box with Mounted Brighton Pavilion Print c1820

£685.00

A Tunbridge Ware Pin Cushion and Reel or Silk Box with Floral Mosaics c1850

A Tunbridge Ware Pin Cushion and Reel or Silk Box with Floral Mosaics c1850

A Tunbridge Ware Pin Cushion and Reel or Silk Box with Floral Mosaics c1850

£280.00

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