A superb little all original childs sewing basket from the 1800 to 1820 period.
This is an early Tunbridgeware item when plain wood sycamore (whitewood) items were hand painted with simple lines or floral/cottage designs.
In 1810 the Maidstone Journal an advertisement ran for " Wanted a Man and a Boy in the Tunbridge-ware Line - The Man will be required to make White Wood Boxes in the best manner for Ladies to paint on; the Boy to make sliding, Puzzle Boxes and other small articles: and both may have constant employment."
Our little sewing box has retained its original bentwood swing handle, with original two concentric circle carved bone side knobs. The pin hinge lid depicts a very pretty hand painted English rural cottage scene. You lift the lid via a small fabric tab to reveal the original Regency pink paper lined interior.
Size: Height 2 inch, or 4 inch with handle raised. 4 3/8 inch wide by 3 3/8 inch deep. (4.5 cm or 10 cm with handle raised by 11.5 cm by 8.5 cm)
Condition: This cutie is 200 plus years old it will not be pristine. Age related surface crazing to the original painted then lacquered lid. Minor wear consistent with age and to the body.
A beautiful example for your Regency period sewing tool and accessory collection. Please stop a while and browse our early sewing antiques. We have some superb examples from many of England's known sewing tool collectors from the past 40 years.
Ref: Identical box in Tunbridge Ware by Margaret A V Gill, page 9
Antique Boxes Inside and Out, Genevieve Cummins, p29
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Antique Regency Childs Sewing Box Pannier, Painted Tunbridge Ware Whitewood, English Cottage, Circa 1810
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