This is a really unusual  mid to late 19th Century mahogany purse makers box.This lovely dovetailed box is full of the tools to make purses in the 19th century. 


One of the tools, the rare purse makers frame, is stamped with the name 'T. Barton, Tunbridge Ware, Tunbridge Wells', indicating that it came from the well known Tunbridge Ware designer and business owner Thomas Bartom. Thomas Barton, born 1819 ,was an apprentice at the Wise factory in Tunbridge before joining Nye's in 1836, where he worked as Nye's designer; he took over the business in 1863 and continued there until his death in 1903.


The box also contains purse moulds, a purse stretcher, a needle case and needles, and other associated tools wrapped in old paper.   There are three metal tins with gold threads in, the handwritten labels on each lid indicates that different types of pins would have been stored in them.  

There is an old receipt from a place in Hove, along with an envelope printed from James D Morant, Ladies Outfitter Palmerston Road, containing some cotton threads. he was a  Silk Mercer & Costumier in Southsea.  



The box measures 27.5 x 18 x 9cm.

Antique Purse Makers Box & Tools- T Barton