Antique Boxes & Collectables
Outstanding Genuine Tunbridge Ware Watch Box. c1865
REF: LA4344 / LA328824
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I have handled a considerable amount of genuine TunbrIdge Ware items over the years and very few (if indeed any) have bettered this item in terms of condition! Every part, apart from the replacement working key is original. I have examined the item thoroughly under a magnifying glass and EVERY piece of the tiny inlays are original and complete. All edges are keen. Lid closes perfectly square. The only wear is to the velvet in the recess for a watch. I would suggest that the original key was lost a good many years ago or was seldom, if ever used as the edges of the key hole are in perfect condition….I would of course suggest that the replacement key is retained but not used to preserve the condition. The box features 2 of the main types of work associated with genuine Tunbridge Ware, namely micro mosaic (often referred to as ‘tessellated) and perspective cubes (often referred to as ‘tumbling blocks’). Please note the one green side of one cube…..Almost of trademark! It has been quite difficult to date with a high degree of certainty, could be a little earlier or later but regardless of age it is an exceptional item. No antique box collection is complete without at least one piece of Tunbridge Ware and though small in stature this example is worthy of a prime position. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Unpacked weight 0.3Kg
Antique Boxes & Collectables has clarified that the Outstanding Genuine Tunbridge Ware Watch Box. c1865 (LA328824) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c1865
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