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Tunbridge ware

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Victorian Burr Walnut Box With Tunbridge Ware Inlay.

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Beautiful Walnut Tunbridge Ware Writing Slope

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Victorian Rosewood Single tea Caddy With Micro Mosaic Tunbridge Ware Inlay.

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Victorian inlaid walnut Tunbridge ware writing slope

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Tunbridge Ware Walnut Writing Slope, c.1880

Tunbridge ware is a form of decoratively inlaid woodwork, typically in the form of boxes, that is characteristic of Tonbridge and the spa town of Tunbridge Wells in Kent in the 18th and 19th centuries. The decoration typically consists of a mosaic of many very small pieces of different coloured woods that form a pictorial vignette. Shaped rods and slivers of wood were first carefully glued together, then cut into many thin slices of identical pictorial veneer with a fine saw. Elaborately striped and feathered bandings for framing were pre-formed in a similar fashion.
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