ANTIQUE TORTOISESHELL CARD CASE & AIDE MEMOIRE
Height: 4¼ inches / 10.7 cm
Width: 2¾ inches / 7 cm
Stock number: RW0524/0119
An early 20th century tortoiseshell aide memoire and card case, with gold coloured hinges both internally and externally with each one stamped with the initials VH, which may be the makers mark, the ivory card panel in the centre has two gold coloured hoops that hold the original gold coloured pencil that is still in working condition and is stamped W THORNHILL & CO, also retaining the original elastic retaining strap, the outside with the original owners initials in gold, either SN or NS.
There are minor marks and scratches from use and two minor chips to the edge of the lower section.
Thornhill & Co
This firm founded by Joseph Gibbs in 1734 were originally cutlers but by 1805 had become known as Morley & Thornhill, later from 1820 as John James Thornhill & Co., listed from 1838 as cutlers to the Queen. By 1850 or 1851 the firm was in the hands of Walter Thornhill and from c.1875 was Walter Thornhill & Co. In 1895 when the firm became a limited liability company it was described as ‘cutlers, gold and silversmiths, jewellers and manufacturers and dealers in dressing cases, travelling bags etc.’. The company was wound up in 1905 but trading continued under the name W Thornhill & Co until 1912.