Tunbridge Ware Inlaid Burr Walnut Gentleman's Dressing Box, Mother of Pearl Inlay, Working Lock and Key, Side Drawer
This is a quality Victorian tunbridge ware gentleman's dressing box. Tunbridge ware is a decorative inlaid woodwork, usually boxes, that originated in the spa town of Tunbridge Wells in Kent in the 18th and 19th Century. As you look at this box, notice the inlay work of many small pieces of different colored woods that in this case, form striped bandings. Stringing, cross banding, geometric stars and hexagon shaped designs of mother of pearl and fitted pieces of wood for the escutcheon and cartouche, are used to create this beautiful dressing box. The wood and wood work are in excellent condition, with only a few user marks here and there.
The dressing box also comes with a working lock and key.
Opening the box reveals a beautiful arrangement of bottles and jars, a lift out tray with a large compartment underneath. The interior of box is luxuriously lined in purple velvet and gold embossed leather. Behind the opened box is a mirror which with a click of a button beneath the lid, pops out into your hand. The mirror is bound by a leather frame with gold stringing and decorative designs at the corners. The mirror appears to be the original one. The mirror can be put back and retrieved with a click.
Note on the right a brass knob, which is actually a metal rod capped with a brass knob, which when lifted, reveals a full length drawer (10 1/4 inches), which has three compartments beautifully covered with purple velvet.
There are seven jars and bottles in individual compartments. All of the jars are shown in one of the photos. The largest glass jars are 3 1/2 inches high and 2 inches in diameter, each with silver plate lids. The two large jars on the left and right are 3 3/8 inches high and 1 31/32 inches square. Each has a glass lid. The two small jars measure 1 1/2 inches high and 1 1/2 inches in diameter, with silver plate lids. There is also a 7 inches wide by 1 3/4 inches deep toothbrush holder with a silver plate lid. At the front of the box are three lift off lids at each edge with a larger lift off in the center. This lift off would have held five tools such as a fingernail file, and scissors.
The tunbridge ware dressing box measures 11 7/8 inches wide, 8 7/8 inches deep, and 6 1/2 inches high.
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