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Tunbridge Tutmania

Posted on 30 October 2017


It is a strange coincidence that we have decided on the 4th November 2017 for a Tunbridge Ware study day at Edenbridge. We plan, amongst other things, to discuss our Object of the Month for November but we did not at the time of fixing the date, realize the significance of our choice.

The date we have chosen, is in fact, exactly 95 years to the day since one of the most important archeological discoveries of the 20th century was made. On 4th November 1922 Howard Carter uncovered the first of 16 steps, leading to Tutankhamen’s tomb, which had remained untouched for some 3,000 years.

Following this incredible discovery, there began a craze for all things Tutankhamen. The impact on art and culture was enormous. Egyptian motifs appeared on clothes, jewellery, hairstyles, fabrics, furniture and in architecture. Everybody wanted a little bit of ‘Tut’; America in particular was obsessed. Even President Herbert Hoover called his dog King Tut!

So when we first saw our Object of the Month, which is an extraordinary Tunbridge Ware frame, standing over two feet tall and made up of 46 three-dimensional pyramids, we knew at once that it had been made in the 1920’s in response to the Tutankhamen craze. Whoever would have thought that Tutmania would feature on Tunbridge Ware!