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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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Early To Mid 19th Century Domed Marquetry Sewing Box

Early To Mid 19th Century Domed Marquetry Sewing Box

A very fine 19th century sewing box. his is absolute stunning. There are no fewer that eight different colours within the design from mahogany, rosewood, green oak, cherrry, teak and boxwood and other fruitwoods.

£750.00

Tunbridge Ware 9 Inch Ruler c1870

Tunbridge Ware 9 Inch Ruler c1870

Tunbridge Ware Nine Inch Rule or Ruler

£50.00

Tunbridge Ware Pin Cushion c1900

Tunbridge Ware Pin Cushion c1900

The pin cushion is a simple design. The lid is lifted via a fabric tab affixed to the underside of the cushion. The pins are included! Tunbridge Ware items are among the most beautiful pieces of antique treen available. Tunbridge Ware stamp boxes and T

£50.00

Large Tunbridge Ware Box with Tumbling Dice Decoration c1880

Large Tunbridge Ware Box with Tumbling Dice Decoration c1880

Tunbridge Ware box with tumbling dice decoration c1880 A good sized Tunbridge Ware box in original condition. The large variety of hard wood veneers used in Tunbridge Ware is perfectly displayed in the 'tumbling dice' panel on the lid. The interior has

£295.00

Tunbridge Ware Sarcophagus Shaped Sewing Box c1860

Tunbridge Ware Sarcophagus Shaped Sewing Box c1860

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

£135.00

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