A small Tunbridge Ware Rosewood Games Box with a tessellated micro-mosaic depiction in the top of Hever Castle, west of Tonbridge, (ancestral home of Ann Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII). The box can be attributed to Henry Hollamby*. The lid has a wide tessellated floral border, and the waisted sides a frieze of a different floral design. It retains its original fitted blue silk & paper interior and lock & key.
*Henry Hollamby started in the Tunbridge Ware industry at the age of 12 in 1831 as an apprentice to George & James Burrows. After his apprenticeship he worked in his own business until 1891, both as a retailer and a wholesaler.
*See page 98, Antique Boxes Tea Caddies & Society, Antigone Clarke & Joseph O'Kelly, Schiffer Publishing Ltd. PA USA.
Width: 9.5 inches / 24 centimetres
Height: 3.25 inches / 8 centimetres
Depth: 7 inches / 18 centimetres