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About the object
A Tunbridge Ware stamp dispenser veneered in ebony and inlaid with geometric mosaic. Attributed to Thomas Barton.
Once perforation machines had been perfected in 1854, stamp dispensers were soon introduced alongside stamp boxes as a means of storing postage stamps. Vertical strips of up to 20 stamps were housed in a dispenser and the stamps could easily be detached individually along the perforations