Tunbridgeware Parquetry wooden trinket box
An amazing jewelry or trinket box in Tunbridge ware or parquetry design, inlaid woods and mother of pearl into Mahogany.
This old box is showing a few signs of age: There are a few shallow trench dents and there is a bit of veneer that's raised on a hinge at the back. Some of the veneer on top has taken some damage sometime in the past and it seems like sanding damage. (see image 5) There are no chips of cracks in the veneer and all the inlay is there. There are marks of age and use overall. The Mother of pearl details on the lid and to the lock are silvery and simply beautiful. The lock works and the key is present.
I put a light beeswax / oil mix on the box overall which gave it a nice satin gloss.
The inside is very clean and features a number of compartments for your small items. There is a secret drawer on the side which opens by removing the brass pin. The pin may have had some sort of top once, which is now missing (could be replaced by a gluing on a bead for instance).
All in all this is a stunning piece of work, not too overly fussy, making it suitable for men and women alike.
Size: 30 x 23 x 17 cm // 11.8 x 9 x 6.7 inches
Weight: 2.3 kg
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