|Embroidered box in collection of Embroiderers'|
Guild UK worked by Mrs. Wood.
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The casket would be a masterpiece even if you never viewed the interior. The exterior is a series of cartooshes containing portraits of famous Tudor characters executed in exquisite detail in minute silk stitches. But it is the design of the interior that delights. Not only is the lid interior a large Elizabethan scene, but their is a series of three stackable trays. Each tray is subdivided into many vertical compartments with an inset lid that can be removed by pulling a ribbon. The lids are fully embroidered. The effect is just jaw dropping. Something I think I will have to consider - perhaps a trinket box addition!!
If you like mermaids and ships, this box has a fantastic surprise in one of the tray layers...