An Antique Tunbridge Ware Marquetry Floral Inlaid Dome Topped Writing Box c1860 (Code 1412)
A 19th century Victorian period Tunbridge inlaid wooden box. It has a domed top which is set with a flower design and has a geometric border. The base has a floral band running around the front and sides. There is even a parquetry inlaid escutcheon which is raised from the body. Internally the box is laid out as a small stationery or letter box with scalloped dividers lined in paper. There is a silk insert to the underside of the lid with loops for pens etc. There is a brass lock to the front along with a key, but the lock no longer functions. The hinges are also brass and have impressed makers marks which appears to read F McGee or similar with the word 'registered' below. There are no makers names for the box itself, the work is similar to that of Thomas Barton and it is perhaps from this maker. A very decorative and lovely looking example and small enough to fit into anyones collection.
Normal age related wear. Some rippling to the veneers in places and some shrinkage splits as typical for these pieces. Lock does not function. No significant losses to the inlay. Wear to interior and the silk now aged and brittle. See images for general condition.
Height: 12 cm ( 4 3/4 inch ) max
Width: 16 cm ( 6 1/4 inch )
Weight: 374 grams (before packing)
Stock Code: 1412 SP13-2
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