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Tunbridgeware
Tunbridgeware or Tunbridge ware are terms that are used very generally within auction catalogues, and that reflects the difficulty in being too specific when defining the product. There are numerous good reference books on the subject, and it is hoped that this site will present a good cross section of what was made within the period from the late C18th to the early C20th. You are asked to note the additional nominal charge for despatch of boxes.
Tunbridgeware Cotton Reel HolderTunbridgeware Cotton Reel Holder
This is an exceptional Tunbridgeware piece. It is a cotton reel holder, currently supporting four small cotton reels on a mahogany turned pole with pull button. The uprights are stickware, elaborately turned, supported by the mahogany framed base. The coc...(more details)
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Sovereign HolderSovereign Holder
A Tunbridgeware Sovereign Holder in rosewood with geometric roundels of mosaic. Dated to about 1870 these items can be seen with different sizes of roundel and therefore varying amounts of geometric patterns when made by Tunbridgeware manufactories. ...(more details)
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Shakespeares Birthplace Stratford upon AvonShakespeares Birthplace Stratford upon Avon
"Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon", one of the less common images produced by the Tunbridge manufactories, and this block was produced by Hollamby in 1875 (see Austen "Tunbridgeware" page 245), and maybe passed to Boy...(more details)
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Spinning TopSpinning Top
A beautiful Tunbridgeware mosaic spinning top in rosewood. Toys seldom survived in good condition due to their usage, so this is a rare piece indeed. Beautifully crafted, and it works a treat! Includes whistle aperture, and spinning handle. Mosaic wa...(more details)
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Tunbridgeware Netting BoxTunbridgeware Netting Box
A beautiful rosewood weighted netting box, the lid having a central tesserae design of a butterfly, whilst to either side are stickware circles. The border is of geometric design. On all sides is vertical patterning, with a shield shaped key escutcheon. I...(more details)
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Spinning TopSpinning Top
A beautiful Tunbridgeware mosaic spinning top in rosewood. Toys seldom survived in good condition due to their usage, so this is a rare piece indeed. Beautifully crafted, and it works a treat! Includes whistle aperture, and spinning handle. Mosaic wa...(more details)
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Tunbridgeware Yo-YoTunbridgeware Yo-Yo
This Tunbridgeware Yo-Yo exhibits  two different tesserae patterns to either face. It is on a base wood of rosewood. In common with many toys in Tunbridgeware these would have been broken or lost, so although initially quite common are now relat...(more details)
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Tesserae Bird BoxTesserae Bird Box
A beautiful rosewood Tunbridgeware box of small dimensions with a tesserae picture of a bird on foliage. The background is light, contrasting well with the foreground picture. It is framed within a dash border and is in wonderful condition. Tunbridgeware ...(more details)
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Tunbridgeware Money BoxTunbridgeware Money Box
A very pretty Tunbridgeware money box which, due to its construction was most likely to be a trade sample. There is no opening to retrieve the money! For that reason it is probable that this was a trade sample. The top has a simple geometric design made u...(more details)
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Tunbridgeware Thread CrossTunbridgeware Thread Cross
A very pretty Tunbridgeware thread cross, a favourite with sewing collectors and Tunbridgeware enthusiasts. They are so delicate it is hard to see how they survived inside the rough and tumble of a sewing box! This example has a tesserae pattern to both s...(more details)
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Burr Walnut Glove BoxBurr Walnut Glove Box
A burr walnut Tunbridgeware glove box of waisted form. This delightful example of Tunbridgeware is of interest due to the abstract geometrical patterns combined with the stylised butterfly beautifully presented within the chequered border. A similar examp...(more details)
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Butterfly Motif Work BoxButterfly Motif Work Box
Tunbridgeware workbox of exceptional quality, the canted lid displaying geometric design all around and to the top, with a tesserae butterfly within the frame. By the late 1830s the tesserae technique was well developed and butterflies were a popular moti...(more details)
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Needlecase with Butterfly MotifNeedlecase with Butterfly Motif
This is a wonderful needlecase with the two designs of a butterfly and roses on either side of the piece. The tesserae pattern of the butterfly can be found in "Tunbridgeware & Related European Decorative Woodware" by Austen...(more details)
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Caddy SpoonCaddy Spoon
A beautiful caddy spoon made in the "stickware" or "inlaid turnery" fashion. This particular example displays minimal decoration, with just one stickware piece to the base of the bowl. It is difficult to attribute this type of sma...(more details)
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Tunbridgeware Skein HolderTunbridgeware Skein Holder
This beautiful skein holder is attributed to Thomas Barton (1819-1903). The rectangular box is decorated to one side with a geometric repeating pattern, and the other with tesserae of leaf. It contains a sliding skein holder. It is in immaculate condition...(more details)
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Tunbridgeware Nutmeg GraterTunbridgeware Nutmeg Grater
A delightful Tunbridgeware nutmeg grater in rosewood. The wide top displays a geometric design, and the different woods used in the outer ring of the top can clearly be seen in the pictures. It opens to the grater on top and the base unscre...(more details)
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Sliding Cover Box with Pin CushionSliding Cover Box with Pin Cushion
A very pretty sewing item in Tunbridgeware, being a combined box with sliding top and a pin cushion. The base wood veneer is rosewood, and all sides decorated with geometric pattern. The top has the dot and dash pattern and the pin cushion cover is o...(more details)
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Caddy SpoonCaddy Spoon
A beautiful caddy spoon made in the "stickware" or "inlaid turnery" fashion. This particular example displays extensive decoration throughout the piece, and an identical item can be seen on page 85 "Tunbridgeware" by B Austen...(more details)
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Needles BoxNeedles Box
A very pretty little box with the tesserae title “NEEDLES” on the top. The tesserae decoration continues around the side of the box too. Neat little boxes with the name of the item in tesserae can be attributed to TL Green in th...(more details)
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Matches BoxMatches Box
A very pretty little box with the tesserae title “Matches” on the top. The tesserae decoration continues around the side of the box too.  Neat little boxes with the name of the item in tesserae can be attributed to TL Green in t...(more details)
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Pins BoxPins Box
A very pretty little box with the tesserae title “PINS” on the top. The tesserae decoration continues around the side of the box too.  Neat little boxes with the name of the item in tesserae can be attributed to TL Green in the ...(more details)
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Watch Stand by NyeWatch Stand by Nye
A pretty watchstand by Edmund Nye. There is a paper label to the base of the largest "Edmund Nye, Manufacturer, Mount Ephraim & Parade, Tunbridge Wells." The label is represented in the Austen "Tunbridgeware" reference on page 153,...(more details)
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Watch Stand with Spaniel TesseraeWatch Stand with Spaniel Tesserae
A pretty watch stand with the unusual and popular motif of a spaniel in tesserae decoration. This expertise was developed by the 1830s and is highlighted on page 66 of the Austen "Tunbridgeware" reference as perfection of the tech...(more details)
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Quarter Bobbin Moulded Glove BoxQuarter Bobbin Moulded Glove Box
An unusual Tunbridgeware rectangular glove box with quarter bobbin moulding, the lid having a mosaic panel of flowers within a geometric border. The base has a floral mosaic panel to each face. The escutcheon is a good example of the stickware process. In...(more details)
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Thread WaxerThread Waxer
A lovely double ended thread waxer (with wax), the ends decorated in matching pattern stickware in wonderful condition. Date: C1880. The base wood is rosewood. Slightly unusual shape to the expected turnery ware in its simplicity....(more details)
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Tunbridgeware Counters in PotTunbridgeware Counters in Pot
A rosewood circular counter container with ribbed side, within being four stickware counters. The pattern to the outside is a radiating star motif, and although tempting to attribute it to Barton, it was a design that was used extensively by most manufact...(more details)
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Rosewood Domed BoxRosewood Domed Box
A domed topped rosewood box of rectangular form, the top decorated with flower pattern tesserae within a geometric border. Although the domed finish was popular with items such as glove boxes and tea caddies, the smaller trinket boxes were more often flat...(more details)
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Goblet shaped PincushionGoblet shaped Pincushion
A lovely stickware Goblet shaped pincushion. This type of work was produced with lovely attention to detail and is a delightful shape....(more details)
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Waxer and Pin cushionWaxer and Pin cushion
A combination sewing item being a waxer in the middle and a pin cushion to the top. This is Tunbridgeware stickware. It displays a lovely pattern and is a useful addition to any sewing or Tunbridgeware collection....(more details)
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Circular Pin CushionCircular Pin Cushion
This circular pin cushion is an excellent example of the turned stickware in Tunbridgeware. It is of relatively large size with a beautifully ribbed side bringing out the assets of the process. The top is velvet, and the base is plain but shows the detail...(more details)
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Button Star Pin WheelButton Star Pin Wheel
This button star circular pin wheel is an excellent example of the turned stickware using end grain in Tunbridgeware. It is a lovely small size and clearly exhibits the clever use of yew to show off the wood grain markings. The design ...(more details)
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Button Star Pin CushionButton Star Pin Cushion
This button star circular pin cushion is an excellent example of the turned stickware in Tunbridgeware. It is a lovely small size with its original cushion and hanging ribbon. The design was introduced by Barton and was extremely popular wi...(more details)
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Tunbridgeware StilettoTunbridgeware Stiletto
A delightful Tunbridgeware Stiletto, exhibiting the stickware process. Intricately made with lovely turning, the top and bottom are connected with a screw thread, and the steel stiletto protrudes into the top. A very pretty sewing accessory in lovely cond...(more details)
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Tunbridgeware Ruler -12Tunbridgeware Ruler -12"
A rosewood based Tunbridgeware ruler divided into 12 x 1" squares. These items are always popular within the desk set theme and this is in very good condition. The extensive and full oak leaf decoration gives continuity and is lin...(more details)
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Tunbridgeware Ruler - 9Tunbridgeware Ruler - 9"
A rosewood based Tunbridgeware ruler divided into 9 x 1" geometric patterns. These items are always popular within the desk set theme and this is particularly attractive. The extensive and variable stickware decoration makes this a most appealing exa...(more details)
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Tunbridgeware Sliding BookendsTunbridgeware Sliding Bookends
A magnificent set of Tunbridgeware sliding bookends with Battle Abbey gatehouse at one end (“Tunbridgeware” by B Austen, plate 22) and a pair of stags at the other (“Tunbridgeware” by B Austen, page 106, plate 45). The Battle Abbey...(more details)
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Desk CabinetDesk Cabinet
A Tunbridgeware desk cabinet in rosewood with the image of Muckcross Abbey to the shaped top. The double doors are decorated with floral designs and boast a working lock and key. Inside reveals four drawers with turned handles. The use of the Muckcross bl...(more details)
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Muckcross Abbey WorkboxMuckcross Abbey Workbox
A lovely Tunbridgeware workbox with cushion lid decorated with a view of Muckross Abbey, Ireland. The wood is burr maple treated with chalybeate water, and similar can be seen in Plate 37 of the reference below. Indications are that it is associated with ...(more details)
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Unusual Desk SealUnusual Desk Seal
This unusual desk item has a small turning of Tunbridgeware to the top which was the excuse needed to buy it! It is mounted on a bone shaft, and is adorned at the business end with the seal. This can be clearly seen in the pictures and says: "Whilst ...(more details)
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Writing SlopeWriting Slope
A beautiful rosewood writing slope of delicate proportions, with a waisted shape to the side, and a working original lock and two keys. Inside. the lid is the original tooled felt, and on the other side is a stickware top to the inkpot and tesserae lift c...(more details)
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Tunbridgeware Stamp BoxTunbridgeware Stamp Box
A beautiful example of a Tunbridgeware stamp box with the head of Queen Victoria detailed in tesserae to the top surface. It came in a number of forms according to the age of the Queen. Here, she is seen quite young which will place it nearer the start of...(more details)
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Tunbridgeware  Q Victoria Stamp BoxTunbridgeware Q Victoria Stamp Box
A lovely Tunbridgeware stamp box with the head of Queen Victoria detailed in tesserae to the top surface. You can see the difference between this and the other on the site, illustrating clearly the variations in this style and the age of the Queen. &...(more details)
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Tunbridgeware BookmarkTunbridgeware Bookmark
A very decorative bookmark in rosewood with tesserae chain decoration on the top piece, and varied geometric pattern to the main shaft. It is on rosewood. The condition is outstanding. Date: C1870. A very pretty addition to a collection that includes desk...(more details)
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Tangram PuzzleTangram Puzzle
A pretty Tangram puzzle in Tunbridgeware box. Much of the mystery of doing the puzzle has gone now since a search on the internet will tell you how to do it. However, that is also a good check to see that all the pieces are there. This rosewood based box ...(more details)
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Ring TreeRing Tree
A delightful little ring tree in rosewood. These often have a series of small branches coming off the main trunk, but this version is simple with trunk only. It exhibits a lovely mosaic on the base and the whole is finished with a set of three bun feet su...(more details)
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Clothes BrushClothes Brush
A long clothes brush with tesserae geometric pattern along the back. It is dated C1885, and as the pictures show. the bristles are clean and the design complete. It is an attractive dressing table accessory.
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Tunbridgeware Needle Box - Geometric tesseraeTunbridgeware Needle Box - Geometric tesserae
A Lovely Tunbridgeware needle box in rosewood, with a geometric tesserae decoration to the base, top section, and facetted top. Tessellated designs of this nature are extensively discussed in the Austen reference (p64) and analysis seems to...(more details)
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Tape MeasureTape Measure
A pretty little tape measure with a tesserae top around the rosewood winder and above the rosewood body which is ribbed half way up. The tape is original which is why the start of it is very delicate and somewhat holey! Ideal for filling that gap in the T...(more details)
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