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Antique Boxes in English Society
|Tunbridge Ware caddies flourished in the middle of the century until
the 1870s. They came in all the shapes already mentioned but with very elaborate
decoration in mosaic marquetry.
There are caddies with castles, flowers, birds, butterflies, persons, decorated both inside and outside. Sometimes earlier cube designs are also incorporated in the many happy and not so happy combinations.
© 1999 Antigone Clarke and Joseph O'Kelly