Tunbridge Ware Glove Box
Tunbridge Ware Glove Box

TUNBRIDGE WARE (founded c.1700)

Tunbridge Ware Glove Box

c. 1840 England

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A small glove box veneered in rosewood with a view of Farnborough Lodge, Tunbridge Wells within geometric borders & motifs.

This view is likely to date from circa 1840, following the development of the Calverley New Town Estate. Having acquired 870 acres in Tunbridge Wells in 1826, landowner, John Ward commissioned architect, Decimus Burton to design the new estate, which included Holy Trinity Church and a remodelled Calverley House, which became the Calverley Hotel.

Three lodge houses were also built on the Calverley Estate and they were named Victoria, Keston & Farnborough. The first was named after the Queen and the other two, after lodges on John Ward’s Holwood Estate at Keston, near Bromley. Farnborough Lodge, which can still be seen at the end of Grove Hill Road, was the last to be built.

Tunbridge Ware makers took the opportunity to document the development of the town by creating views of some of the new buildings. Farnborough is the only lodge to appear on Tunbridge Ware and very few examples of this block are known.

Strangely they all appear to have a rectangular ‘repair’ in the bottom right corner. The ‘repair’ on this example is made up of striped slices of veneer. The only other example we have owned seemed to have a plain slice of veneer and the example in Tunbridge Wells Museum appears to have a rectangle of a uniform colour of tessellated mosaic.

For more information on the Calverley Estate please go to our blog Another First for Tunbridge Wells?.

Currently on display at The Edenbridge Galleries
Height 5.50 cm (2.17 inches)
Width 20.00 cm (7.87 inches)
Depth 7.50 cm (2.95 inches)
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