Tunbridge Ware Handkerchief Box James Medhurst c1855


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Heading : Tunbridge ware handkerchief box by James Medhurst c1855

Date : c1855

Period : Victoria

Origin : Weymouth

Decoration : Central floral mosaic with foliate border within keylines. Side panels with foliate mosaic banding. Interior lined with padded pink silk. Medhurst label to base – see below.

Size : 16.5cm x 16.5 x 6.5

Condition : Excellent, exterior with minor wear commensurate with age. Interior silk lining a little worn. Lacks key.

Restoration :None

Weight :  421 grams

Label reads:


The “Columbine” was a fine, handsomely built vessel, adapted for long voyages – was. built in Africa in 1810. She left Gravesend for the river in Gambia (being her 16th voyage) on Friday the 22nd, instant, having on board the Rev, Mr. and Mrs Peard, for the Mission Station at St. Mary’s, with only four other respectable passengers. From the place of her embarkation to Portland Roads the wind was favourable, but on the morning of the following day the “Columbine” was seen nearing the shore on Portland Beach: the man at the helm was, as is supposed, forced from it by the violence of the sea, in consequence of which the vessel swung round, and being cuaght between two tremendous seas, was dahsed to pieces, and every soul on board perished.
The wood is of the most beautiful description, being a very rare kind of shaded Cedar, and when highly polished, forms an interesting and superb, as well as most choice PRESENT FROM WEYMOUTH.”

Although the the ship was wrecked in 1838 the Medhurst address given means this piece must date from the 1850s.


Additional information

Weight250 g


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