A rare early 19th century Tunbridge Ware sewing box of rectangle shape. On the lid is an unusual print of houses with figures in the foreground. There is a printed label to the side of the box saying 'Lady Ann Murrays and Mrs Fitzherberts' - referring to the houses. Mrs Fitzherbert was mistress of and married to George IV but the marriage was annulled by his father George III because she was catholic.
The sliding lid reveals a divided interior with the original pink lining paper, for reels and if you look at the sides of the box there are a line of fine holes where the cotton would have been threaded through from each reel inside. There is a secret concealed base drawer to the underneath which is pulled out from the base.