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Old Tunbridge Ware Cribbage Board
The top of this wonderful board is about the nicest I have seen. The center section, upon close inspection, only has one or two tiny pieces of the mosaic missing. The 4 sides of the board are also done in an intricate mosaic pattern. Unfortunately, two of the bottom corners are damaged, and the base is missing the 2 end edges. The bun feet are missing, and so is the section for holding pegs. There are no pegs. All of this shows clearly in the pictures. Tunbridge Ware, sometimes called tunbridgeware, was made in Tunbridge Wells, an English mineral spring spa town in west Kent. The local artisans developed a craft called tessellated mosaic and made wonderful items using different woods to form beautiful inlaid pattern. These were most often sold as souvenirs to tourists who came to the spa in the nineteenth century. This cribbage board measures approximately 9 ½" long, 3" wide and 3/8" thick. In spite of the damage this is a fine example of this craftsmanship developed around 1860. The board displays beautifully and is priced according to condition.
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