Tunbridge ware is a form of decoratively inlaid woodwork, typically in the form of boxes, that is characteristic of Tonbridge and the spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent in the 18th and 19th centuries. The decoration typically consists of a mosaic of many very small pieces of different coloured woods that form a pictorial vignette. Shaped rods and slivers of wood were first carefully glued together, then cut into many thin slices of identical pictorial veneer with a fine saw.
This is a stunning oblong Tunbridge ware rosewood Cribbage box with inlays and flower work on exterior, also has a very unusual escutcheon.
Included original hinges, key, four white bone pegs and even the intact lining paper.
Grade 1 under the Hoyle's Vintage Grading System, excellent condition throughout. (see here)