Marquetry Trinity House Box


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  • £1,250.00
  • €1,383 Euro
  • $1,682 US Dollar

United Kingdom

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Marquetry Trinity House Box

Trinity House is the name of the authority responsible for providing aid to navigation.
Originally the lighthouses and lightships around the coast of Great Britain were all manned. With a lot of time on their hands many of these keepers turned their hand to producing beautiful one-off boxes such as this which they could sell to the captains of ships using the Trinity House services.
The scenes to the panels of these boxes, produced in marquetry and to individual designs, resonate closely with the narrative woolwork pictures made by sailors at this same time. The lid of this example shows a coastline with a paddle-steamer tug named VICTORY towing the ship ROSE. Along the coastline is depicted a substantial lighthouse, windmill, railway line and a small cluster of cottages. To the front panel is a scene with a brig and a brigantine. The left hand side panel depicts a coastline with a fort, a row of cottages a church and an interesting warehouse flying a flag emblazoned with an anchor. The right hand panel shows a Revenue Cutter named WHIM and a row of cottages.
The interior empty and a little tatty but retaining its original blue paper with golden stars and embossed foil edging.


  • H: 11cm (4.25in)
  • W: 30cm (12in)
  • D: 20cm (8in)


19th Century

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Walpoles is an antiques business that has been established for more than 35 years with an extensive stock which can be divided into three broad themes: "The Army" encompassing colonial furniture and works of art, folk art of the British soldier as well as campaign furniture, pictures and objects of a military theme; "The Navy" covering fine and folk art associated with the British Royal and Merchant Navy fleets as well as fine art and objects that fall under a title of "The China Trade"; and finally there is an established core of furniture, pictures and works of art typical of "The English Country House".

Founded by Graham Walpole, the business first set up in Church Street, in London’s Marylebone, and by the end of the 1980s had moved to Westbourne Grove, from where they dealt until the turn of the last century. In 2004 Walpoles relocated to their home town of Greenwich and joined the British Antiques Dealers Association but now work from 111 Portobello Road. Please be aware that this shop is too small to show all of the stock on the website and that you should make an enquiry before your journey to ensure that the item in question is there for you to see. We are open every day, with the exception of Sundays, between the hours of 10 a.m. & 4 p.m., (Saturday 7.00 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

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