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A VICTORIAN LADYS DRESSING CASE BY GARRARD

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A VICTORIAN LADYS DRESSING CASE BY GARRARD
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SKU: RM683/814

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A VICTORIAN LADYS DRESSING CASE BY GARRARD

£26,250.00

A VICTORIAN LADYS DRESSING CASE BY GARRARD

Circa 1850
Stock Number: RM683/814
Height: 16.75 ins / 42.55 cms
Width: 14.75 ins / 37.47 cms
Depth: 17 ins / 43.18 cms
Price: £26250

This fine Garrard’s brass bound coromandel lady’s dressing case is inlaid with flush handles, brass stringing and an escutcheon inscribed ‘MC’. It opens to reveal a red velvet interior with nine cut glass bottles and six cut glass boxes all with incised silver gilt lids. The central tray lifts out to expose two further trays fitted with fourteen tools with mother of pearl handles. There is an additional locked drawer below containing four ivory brushes and a mirror. The unusual features in this box are in the front which conceals an autograph book. The inside of the lid is fitted with a very fine silver gilt easel mirror behind a velvet and silk fold down document wallet. The entire ensemble is beautifully decorated with a monogrammed scroll flanked by two cherubs
sitting on clouds and marked R&S Garrard & Co, Crown Goldsmiths & Jewellers. Panton St. Haymarket, London. The assay stamps are London 1850 and 1859, with makers mark for Charles Rawlings and William Summers.

Contents
9 cut glass containers with turned and incised silver gilt lids
6 rectangular cut glass boxes with matching lids
10 implements for sewing, writing and dressing
An ear wax scraper
2 pairs of scissors
A gold nibbed pen
An ivory hand held mirror
4 ivory hair and clothes brushes
A shaped scrolling silver gilt easel mirror
A silk and velvet covered document wallet
A red leather autograph book with entries dated June 1926

Provenance:
From a private collection.

In 1792 Robert Garrard became a partner in a company of goldsmiths, jewellers and purveyors of luxury items to the aristocracy, which had been founded in 1722 in Threadneedle St, City of London, by George Weekes, The company moved to Panton St, off Haymarket in 1735. Garrard and Sons took sole control of the firm in 1802 and it remained in the hands of the Garrard family until the death of Sebastian Henry Garrard, great grandson of Robert Garrard senior, in 1946. In 1843, Queen Victoria appointed Garrard to the position of crown Jeweller, leading to the production of numerous pieces of silverware and jewellery for the Royal Family, as well as the upkeep of the Crown jewels. Garrard merged with the well known jewellers Asprey in 1998 to become Asprey & Garrard and currently make trophies for many sporting events including the Dubai World Cup, The American’s Cup and the Premier League Trophy. Cases from the Panton Street address are highly prized as they were exclusively, and expensively, produced for Royalty and the aristocracy as we see from the provenance of this case.

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