Apperly, Mrs.

Based at Glebelands, Bidborough, Tunbridge Wells in Kent, Mrs. Apperly cut beautiful wooden puzzles to support the charitable work of James William Condell Fegan, who dedicated much of his life to the care of destitute boys and who set up a training farm for such boys at Goudhurst in Kent.
Boxes were very sturdy in nature, most being covered either fully or partially with the same striped cloth.
She evidently began cutting puzzles as early as 1913, just prior to The Great War and was still cutting puzzles during the Second World War! Many of these are understood to have been shipped to Malaysia and Singapore, often for the benefit of wounded soldiers and navy personnel, some also being personalised with initials cut into them.

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