Tunbridge ware Cribbage Box - 1850s
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.
Dimensions: 25.5cm length x 9cm width x 5.5cm depth
This item is in superb condition, no scratches, dents or marks to the playing area, it has clearly been well looked after and is a rare piece of history that was likely made for a private collection. Grade 1 under the Hoyle's Vintage Grading System (see here).