This Tunbridge Box Still Bank is indigenous to the Tunbridge ware cottage industries of the town of Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England in the 18th and 19th century. Typically the boxes were inlaid with a multiplicity of different colored woods, cut in small pieces and left natural to form a mosaic pattern.
This particular box is Victorian, Circa 1870’s. In addition to being attractive it’s uniqueness is the fact that it is a coin savings bank. It is made of walnut, and inlaid with two rectangular mosaic bands of ebony, boxwood, walnut and other woods. The coin escutcheon on top. and the key hole escutcheon in front are nicely shaped and made of brass. Box is in excellent all original condition with no alterations. A key is provided but does not turn the tumblers all the way (which is probably a good thing so you can’t get locked out of the box and have to destroy it to gain entry!).
Dimensions: 7 7/8″ wide x 5 1/4″ deep x 4 1/4″ high.