The matchbox cover was made by Thomas Littleton Green (flourished around 1931-1939) in the very last Tunbridge ware workshop in existence at Rye, East Sussex, for the anticipated coronation of Edward VIII.
Tunbridge ware - wooden articles decorated with tiny pieces of coloured veneers - has been around since the 17th century but few examples are known with royal connections.
The origin of Tunbridge ware is not well documented.
A few old hands from the Camden Road factory made a limited number of pieces from home, but, when the last of these died in 1963, it marked the end of the continuous tradition of Tunbridge ware manufacture.
Of the two shown here, the more interesting one for collectors is the Tunbridge Ware
needle box with the sloped lid.
For over a century from 1830 onwards the souvenir woodware industry flourished in the small Scottish town of Mauchline which is where these giftware objects originated (Tunbridge Ware
is another instance of the same kind of thing - wooden items given their name by the town where they were once produced).
A THIS little box is known as Tunbridge ware
- made in Kent in the 19th Century.
Perhaps most prized are the souvenir boxes made in Tunbridge Wells, the spa town in Kent, known as Tunbridge ware
. Recognised by its decoration comprised of mosaics of tiny pieces of different woods to form pictures and patterns, pieces date from about 1830-1900.
ONE man's meat is another man's poison, so they say, and you could say this about Tunbridge ware
: it's a bit like Marmite, you either love it or hate it, and those who love it, collect it with a passion.
She said it was Tunbridge ware
, but it doesn't have the mosaic-like decoration I've seen on other pieces.
QI HAVE bought an ornate Tunbridge Ware
needle case at a car boot sale for pounds 15.
Besides silver and brass there are silver-plated and steel examples; vesta cases in wood, straw work and tunbridge ware
; novelties such as a vesta case in the form of a lady's corset, souvenirs from seaside towns, commemoratives in jet or early bakelite depicting royals and the inevitable cases emblazoned with advertising slogans and designs.