Tunbridge ware yoyo - 1880s


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 an extremely rare example of a beautifully made rosewood yoyo from the 1880s. Each side is inlaid with a different design. Unscrews to replace string. 

3" x 1.25"

Good condition, no splits or missing inlays, but it is scratched. There for it is a Grade 2 under the Hoyles Vintage Grading System (see here).