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A TRULY OUTSTANDING JENNER AND KNEWSTUB DRESSING CASE

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SKU: RM780/DC

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A TRULY OUTSTANDING JENNER AND KNEWSTUB DRESSING CASE

£129,500.00

A TRULY OUTSTANDING JENNER AND KNEWSTUB DRESSING CASE

Circa 1874
Stock Number: RM780/DC
Height: 11.75 ins / 29.85 cms
Width: 16.5 ins / 41.91 cms
Depth: 12.75 ins / 32.39 cms
Price: £129500

This truly outstanding large lady’s coromandel dressing case is inlaid with profusely incised silver-gilt corners and ‘straps’. It opens to reveal a blue velvet interior with cut glass bottles and boxes behind openwork trefoil galleries, on two hinged trays which swing out to expose a further pair of trays fitted with manicure and toilette accessories. These, in turn, have hidden jewellery drawers below and open to allow access to a set of ivory backed brushes beneath. The fall front has three hand held mirrors protected in a velvet pad while an easel mirror is fitted into the lid. The unusual elements in this box are the clock and the barometer in horseshoe frames, the tassel-shaped ivory note pad and matching thermometer and the tape measure inside a gilt acorn. The entire ensemble is incised with a monogram S.B.W. and roses on a ground of tightly curled fern fronds. The London assay stamps range from 1874 – 84.

Contents

A tassel shaped thermometer and matching ivory-paged notebook.
24 matching implements for sewing, writing and dressing
A large mirror and two smaller ones, one magnifying
A horseshoe shaped clock and matching barometer
A matching silver gilt beaker
4 circular lidded pots
A pairs of scissors
A gold thimble
An ivory page turner
A tape measure in an acorn
An ivory shoe horn and glove stretchers
3 ivory hair and clothes brushes with leather covers
15 cut glass containers with incised silver gilt lids and a beaker
A rectangular easel mirror in a silver gilt frame with delicate pierced spandrels

Provenance:

From a private collection

Frederick Jenner and Fabian Knewstub opened in 1856 selling everything from dressing cases, fans, handbags, jewellery, leather goods and silverware to ‘novelties and elegancies’. They were also famous for monograms and crests, both engraved as seals in metal and semi-precious stones and printed on stationery. Their 1871 book of crests includes creations for many of the Imperial and Royal Families of Europe, the British Navy. Inscribed ‘Jenner and Knewstub, to the Queen. 33 St James’s and 66 Jermyn St’.


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