Tunbridge Ware Collection

Royal Tunbridge Wells was a spa destination in Roman times. Over the past 200+ years a tourism industry built up around the spas. The local artisians created souvenirs from wood to sell to the tourists. The number of tourists would have increased dramatically after the railroad arrived in 1844.

Initially the local craftsmen made wooden things that were painted on blonde wood. In the early 19th century they switched to inlaying wood. Initially cubes in 3-D perspectives. Or cascading cubes or tumbling blocks. And in VanDykes. Then to meet increased demand they began gluing wood strips together, and then slicing through them. This then led to even smaller strips to create micro mosaic pictures. Wikipedia page on Tunbridge ware. A newspaper article on Beware Sorrento Ware.

Tunbridge ware was made for all treen that was popular at the time. Anything that could be made in wood in a small size for the tourists to take back. Pictures from #3 onwards are mostly the sellers' pictures.

Also in Acquisition Order.

See links to British antique dealer websites.

Contents:


Furniture


(84) Center Table
26" W × 17" D × 28-3/8" H
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Sewing


(40) Trinity House Sewing Box - Ships c1880
14-1/16" W × 10-3/8" D × 5-3/4" H
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(1) Sarcophagus Sewing Box
11-1/2 W × 8 D × 3-1/2 H
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(13) Silk Skein Holder
8-15/16" W × 1-3/4" D × 9/16" H
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(15) Needlebook
3-3/16" W × 1-3/4" D (wood part) × 3/8" H
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(22) Needles Box
1-7/16" W × 1-3/16" D × 2-7/16" H
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(42) Hexagonal Pincushion Sewing Box
6" W × 3-5/8" D × 1-1/2" H
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(38) Thimble Case With Sterling Thimble
1-13/16" L × 1-1/8" W
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(92) Thimble Case With Thimble
1-1/8 D × 1-3/4" L
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(105) Thimble Case With Thimble
1-7/8" L
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(121) Barrel Sewing Tape Measure
1-5/8" H × ? Dia
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(51) Acorn Sewing Tape Measure
1-1/2" L (body) × 3/4",1" W
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(62) Acorn Sewing Tape Measure
1-1/2" L (body) × 3/4",1" W
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(59) Acorn Thimble case
1-1/8" D (top) × 1-15/16" H
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(61) Acorn Thimble Case
1-1/16" D (top) × 1-5/8" H
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(78) Acorn Thimble Holder
1-3/4" including stalk × 1-1/8"
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(64) Darning Mushroom
4" H × 3-1/4" Dia.
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(177) Knitting Sheath
6" Long
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(150) Glove Darner
5-7/8" Long
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(58) Darning Egg
2-3/16" W × 2-7/8" L
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(70) Cotton Reel Holders/Spools
1-3/8" tall. Diameter just over 1-1/4".
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(71) Stiletto/Awl
2-3/4" long
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(117) Needle Case
3-3/4" L
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(75) Waxer
15/16" dia. × 11/32" H
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(118) Waxer
7/8" dia. × ?" H
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(96) Barrel Pin Poppet/Case
1-1/8" H × 7/8" D.
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(81) Pin Cushion
1-1/2" Diameter
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(82) Pin Cushion
1-1/2" Diameter
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(76) Pin Cushion (minus cushion)
3-1/2" W × 3-1/2" H
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(124) Pin Cushion
1-1/2" Diameter
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(83) Bobbin
1" Diameter
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Correspondence


(180) Magnifying Glass
5" H × 2-3/8" W
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(101) Bookslide
5" wide; 11-3/8" folded, extending to 19-1/2"
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(108) 9" Ruler
1-3/16" W × 9" L
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(125) 9" Ruler
1-3/16" W × 9" L
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(127) 9" Ruler
1-3/16" W × 9" L
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(151) 9" Ruler
1-3/16" W × 9" L
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(21) Blotter Cover
8-1/2" W × 5-1/2" D × 1/2" H
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(155) Paperweight
3" W × 15/16" H
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(33) Paperweight
5-3/8" W × 3-1/8" D × 15/16" H
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(65) Pen Box
9-3/4" W × 3-1/2" D × 2-3/4" H
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(122) Pen Box
10" W × 3" D × 1-3/4" H
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(63) Pen Box
9-1/2" W × 3-1/2" D × 2-1/4" H
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(135) Pen Box
8-5/8" W × 1-1/2" H × 2-5/8" D
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(67) Letter Opener / Paper Knife
10" Long
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(130) Letter Opener / Paper Knife / Page Turner
8" Long
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(68) Card case
4-1/8" × 2-7/8" × 9/16"
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(86) Visiting Card Case
4-1/8" × 2-7/8" × 9/16"
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(175) Visiting Card Case
4-1/8" × 2-7/8" × 9/16"
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(87) Rosewood Inkwell
2-1/16" H × 1-13/16" D
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(90) Rosewood Inkwell
2" H × 1-1/2" D
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Games: Tangram Puzzle Boxes


(113) Euclid Puzzle Box
3" W × 1-1/2" D × 5/8" H
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(116) Tangram Puzzle Box - Edmund Nye
2" W × 2" L × 5/8" H
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(159) Tangram Puzzle Box
2" W × 2" L × 7/8" H
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(88) Tangram Puzzle Box
2" W × 2" L × 5/8" H
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(147) Tangram Puzzle Box
2" W × 2" D × 11/16" H
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(91) Tangram Puzzle Box
2" W × 2" L × 5/8" H
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(25) Tangram Puzzle Box
2" W × 2" D × 5/8" H
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(80) Tangram Puzzle Box
2" W × 2" D × 5/8" H
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(55) Tangram Puzzle Box
1-15/16" W × 1-15/16" D × 11/16" H
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(99) Tangram Puzzle Box
2" W × 2" D × 11/16" H
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(10) Tangram Puzzle Box
1-7/8" W × 1-7/8" D × 5/8" H
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(128) Tangram Puzzle Box
2" W × 2" D ×5/8" H
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(129) Tangram Puzzle Box
2" W × 2" D × 5/8" H
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(146) Tangram Puzzle Box
1-7/8" W × 1-7/8" D × 5/8" H
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(148) Tangram Puzzle Box
1-15/16" W × 1-15/16" D × 9/16" H
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Games: Card Cases


(98) Bezique Card Box, Thomas Barton
6-3/16" W × 4-1/2" D × 1-3/4" H
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(56) Playing Card Box (Two Small Decks)
3-1/4" W × 2-7/16" D × 1-7/16" H
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(77) Playing Card Box (Two Small Decks)
3-1/4" W × 2-7/16" D × 1-7/16" H
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(60) Playing Card Box (One Deck)
4-7/16" W × 3-1/16" D × 1-1/2" H
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Games: Puzzle Balls


(69) Puzzle Coin Holder in the Shape of a Ball
1.75" dia.
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(79) Two Nesting Balls
2-1/2" dia. and 1-1/2" dia.
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Games: Tiddly Winks Pots


(141) Counter Pot with 4 Counters
1-3/8" Wide
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(187) Counter Pot with 4 Counters
1-1/2" Wide
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(165) Counter Pot with 7 Counters
1-3/8" Wide?
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(111) Rosewood Winks Pot
1-1/4" W × 2-1/2" H
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(102) Rosewood Winks Pot
1-1/8" W × 1-1/2" H
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(95) Rosewood Winks Pot
1-1/2" W × 1-1/8" H
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(123) Rosewood Winks Pot
1-1/8" W × 2" H
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(112) Counter Pot
1-1/4" W × 1/2" H
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(167) Counter Pot
1-3/16" dia x 5/8" H
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(156) Counter Pot
1-3/4" W × 3/4" H
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Games: Spinning Tops


(176) Spinning Top

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(140) Spinning Top

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(160) Spinning Top

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(161) Spinning Top

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(162) Spinning Top

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(163) Spinning Top

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Glove Boxes


(29) Glove Box with Vandyke Sides
9-9/16" W × 3-9/16" D × 2-9/16" H
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(30) Glove Box with Vandyke Sides
8-1/8" W × 3-1/8" D × 2-1/4" H
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(36) Glove Box with Vandyke Sides
9-1/2" W × 3-1/4" D × 2-3/4" H
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(94) Glove Box
9-11/16" L × 3-9/16" W × 2-7/16" D
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(43) Box With Vandyke Sides
8-1/8" W × 3-1/16" D × 2-1/4" H
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(47) Glove Box with Vandyke Sides
9-1/2" W × 3-1/8" D
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(2) Glove Box
7-3/4" W × 4-1/2" D × 2-1/8" H
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Personal Appearance


(110) Handkerchief Box
7" W × 7" D × 3-1/8" H
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(14) Handkerchief Box
6-1/16" W × 6-1/16" D × 2-1/4" H
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(20) Clothes Brush (one of pair)
6-3/4" W × 1-1/8" D × 1-9/16" H
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(35) Clothes Brush (one of pair)
6-3/4" W × 1-1/8" D × 1-9/16" H
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(131) Clothes Brush
6-1/2" W
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(26) Small Clothes Brush
3-13/16" W × 1-5/8" D × 1-5/16" H
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(100) Clothes Brush
6" W × 1-1/2" D × 1-1/2" H
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(32) Box with Perfume Bottles
Vandyke Sides
5-11/16" W × 2-3/8" D × 2-11/16" H
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(72) Necklace Bead
3/4" Dia.
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(73) Patch Pot
1-3/16" dia. × 13/16" H
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(74) Spectacles Case
6-5/8" L × 1-1/2" W × 5/8" H
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(169) Spectacles Case
6.3" × 1.18" × 0.79"
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(153) Spectacles Case
6-5/8" L × 1-1/2" W × 7/8" H
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Storing Tea


(46) Tea Caddy with Vandyke Sides
3-3/4" W × 3-3/4" D × 4-1/4" H
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(34) Single Compartment Tea Caddy
7-3/4" W × 4-1/4" D × 4.33" H
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(39) Tea Caddy c1820
12" W × 6" D × 7-1/4" H
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Stamps


(196) Stamp Box with STAMPS in mosaic
2-3/8" W × 1-3/8" D × 7/8" H
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(197) Stamp Box with STAMPS in mosaic
2-1/2" W × 1-3/8" D × 7/8" H
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(5) Triple Stamp Box, c. 1920
3-1/2" W × 1-3/8" D × 15/16" H
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(6) Triple Stamp Box, c. 1920
3-9/16" W × 1-9/16" D × 15/16" H
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(143) Stamp Box with Queen Victoria
1-7/16" W × 1-5/8" D × 3/4" H
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(139) Stamp Box with Queen Victoria
5/8" High
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(85) Stamp Box with Queen Victoria
1-3/8" W × 1-5/8" D × 11/16" H
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(104) Stamp Box with Queen Victoria
1-3/8" W × 1-5/8" D × 5/8" H
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(152) Stamp Box with Queen Victoria
1-3/8" W × 1-1/2" D
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(109) Stamp Box with Queen Victoria
1-5/8" W × 1-5/8" D × 5/8" H
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(171) Stamp Box with Queen Victoria
1-1/2" W × 1-3/8" D
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(172) Stamp Box with Queen Victoria
1-5/8" W × 1-1/2" D × 3/4" H
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(194) Stamp Box with Queen Victoria
1-5/8" W × 1-1/2" D × 3/4" H
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(195) Stamp Box with Queen Victoria
1-3/8" W × 1-1/2" D × 5/8" H
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(37) Stamp Box with Vandyke Sides
1-3/4" W × 1-1/2" D × 3/4" H
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(54) Stamp Box
1-9/16" W × 1-3/8" D × 3/4" H
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(4) Single Stamp Box
1-3/4" W × 1-1/2" D × 3/4" H
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(48) Stamp Box
1-3/4" W × 1-1/2" D × 3/4" H
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(119) Stamp Box
1-3/4" × ?
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(16) Single Stamp Box
1-9/16" W × 1-9/16" D × 15/16" H
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(18) Stamp Box
1-3/8" W × 1-3/8" D × 3/4" H
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(53) Stamp Box
1-3/8" W × 1-3/8" D × 7/8" H
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Snuff Boxes


(138) Portable Snuff Box
Lid 2-1/2" Dia.
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(170) Portable Snuff Box
3" dia x 7/8" H
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(166) Portable Snuff Box
1-1/2" dia x 5/8" H
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(136) Portable Snuff Box

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(106) Portable Snuff Box
1-1/2" W × 1" H
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(154) Portable Snuff Box
1-3/4" W
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(107) Portable Snuff Box
1-1/2" W × 1" H
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(114) Portable Snuff Box
1-3/4" W × 1" H
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(184) Portable Snuff Box
2-1/4" W × 1" H
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(185) Portable Snuff Box
1-3/4" W × 1" H
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(186) Portable Snuff Box
1-1/2" W × 1" H
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(120) Portable Snuff Box
1" D × ? H
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(115) Portable Snuff Box
1-5/8" D × 5/8" H
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(137) Portable Snuff Box
1-1/4" D × 1/2" H
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(144) Portable Snuff Box
2-1/2" dia.
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(145) Portable Snuff Box
2-3/8" dia.
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(157) Portable Snuff Box
1-7/8" dia.
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(178) Portable Snuff Box
1-1/8" dia.
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(179) Portable Snuff Box
1-1/8" dia.
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(3) Hinged Snuff Box
2-7/8" D × 1-3/16" H
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Boxes


(158) Small Box
1-3/4"
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(9) Square Snuff Box
2-3/8" W × 2-3/8" D × 1-3/16" H
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(8) Small Rectangular Box
2-1/2" W × 1-7/16" D × 1-1/8" H
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(189) Small Box with Big Knob
2-1/2" × 1-5/8"
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(89) Small Box in Original Packing Box
2-9/16" W × 2-9/16" D × 1-3/16" H
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(103) Small Box
3-3/4" W × 2-1/2" D × 1-3/8" H
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(66) Square Trinket Box
2-1/2" W × 2-1/2" D × 1-1/4" H
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(142) Square Trinket Box
3" W × 3" D × 1-3/8" H
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(12) Small Rectangular Box
2-5/8" W × 1-5/8" D × 1-1/4" H
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(132) Small Rectangular Box
4" W
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(133) Small Rectangular Box
3.8" W
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(134) Small Rectangular Box
3-1/2" W
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(19) Trinket Box
3-1/2" W × 1-1/2" D × 1-7/16" H
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(7) Narrow Trinket Box
3-13/16" W × 1-1/8" D × 3/4" H
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(27) Trinket Box
3-7/16" W × 2-1/2" D × 1-3/8" H
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(50) Triangular Box
3-15/16" W × 3-3/8" H × 1-7/16" D
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(23) Box with Domed Lid
4-1/16" W × 2" D × 1-5/8" H
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(28) Trinket Box with Hinged Lid
4-1/4" W × 2-15/16" D × 1-7/16" H
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(17) Trinket Box
4-15/16" W × 2-3/8" D × 1" H
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(57) Jewelry Box
4-3/8" W × 2-7/8" D × 1-3/4" H
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(24) Trinket or Jewelry Box
6-7/16" W × 4" D × 1-5/16" H
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(45) Box With Edmund Nye Label
7" W × 4-15/16" D × 2-1/4" H
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(31) Box with Large Cubes
7-1/2" W × 5-1/2" D × 2-9/16" H
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(41) Large Box
10-5/8" W × 8-5/8" D × 3-1/16" H
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Napkin Rings


(168) Napkin Ring
2" Dia. x 1" H
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(164) Napkin Ring
2-1/8" Dia.
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(126) Napkin Ring
1-1/2" Dia.
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(182) Napkin Ring
1-3/4" Dia.
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(183) Napkin Ring
1-3/4" Dia.
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(190) Napkin Ring
1-7/8" Dia.
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(191) Napkin Ring
1-7/8" Dia.
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(192) Napkin Ring
1-7/8" Dia.
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(193) Napkin Ring
1-7/8" Dia.
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Other


(174) Small Nesting Boxes
Largest 1" × 1"
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(44) Small Tray
4-1/4" W × 3-1/4" D × 7/8" H
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(49) Small Tray
4-1/4" W × 3-3/16" D × 3/4"
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(173) Small Dish
2" dia.
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(11) Matchbox Holder
2-7/16" W × 1-11/16" D × 1" H
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(52) Vesta Match Case
2-3/16" H × 1-3/8" W
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(93) Compass
2" W × 11/16" H.
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(149) Chamberstick
5-5/16" H overall
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(97) Chamberstick
2-7/8" D × 1-3/8" H
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(181) Nutmeg Grater
1-1/2" W × 2-1/2" L
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(188) Caddy Spoon
3-3/8" Long
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