Walnut Turn Bridge sewing box with key, c. 1870 Small loss to some inlay at top 6 1/4"T x12"W x 8 3/4"D
This is a late 19th century, Victorian era box made in the style of English Tunbridge ware (note, not turn bridge). It is denoted by inlaid wood designs using various woods to create a color contrasted decoration. This type of inlay is referred to as parquetry (pictorials done with inlaid wood is marquetry). This box has the receptacles and lining to be a ladies portable sewing box. The estimate is based on actual recent past recorded auction sales of comparables. Retail 'asking prices' can be higher and vary.