Vintage Hand Carved Wood Box w/ Inset English Woven Silk of a Hummingbird & Trumpet Honeysuckle


Brand cash’s

The beautiful woven picture inset in this box is made by artists at Cash’s of Coventry, an English ribbon weaving firm since 1846.  Over 100 years ago the Free Trade Bill was passed which put thousands of ribbon weavers out of work and forced them into poverty.  One mill owner began making silk bookmarks and pictures using the same looms and skills needed for ribbon making.  They became popular and collectible are today still sought out for their unique beauty.

This silk details a Hummingbird taking the nectar of a Trumpet Honeysuckle.  The detail is remarkable!  It is inset into a hand made / carved wood box specially made by craftsmen in Poland.  The box is hinged and has a divider inside so there are two sections.  

Measures:  8 5/8" x 5 1/4" x 2 1/8"

Condition:   Gently used, no significant signs of use.  Both box and silk are in excellent condition though there is a tiny smudge on the silk. 



Such a delicate little hummingbird
I saw fluttering to and fro'
Level eye, she flew right by
Then suddenly dove for the flowers below

I could only watch in muse
Remaining myself ever so discreet
As she partook of nectar
That lay in growth nearest my feet

I knew that I should dare not move
Lest she would surely fly away
How amazed I was by this dainty creature...
And hoped that she, at length, would stay

Ere she sipped from bloom to bloom-
All the while, so utterly unaware
That I did stand in pure delight
As before me, she hovered mid-air

Once again she dove below
And took her final fill
Then began she did to ascend away
As I just stood there - still

She grew smaller and smaller
Quickly flown from my eyes reach
I shouted out with glee to her
"Please come again and sip near me"

©2001 Nancy Roberts