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AN EXCEPTIONAL TRAVELLING CASE BY THORNHILL

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SKU: RM022/DCE

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AN EXCEPTIONAL TRAVELLING CASE BY THORNHILL

£99,750.00

AN EXCEPTIONAL TRAVELLING CASE BY THORNHILL

Date: Circa 1881
Stock Number: RM022/DCE
Height: 13.5 ins / 34.29 cms
Width: 18.75 ins / 47.63 cms
Depth: 14 ins / 35.56 cms
Price: £99750

This extremely fine and large silver mounted coromandel case is applied with silver handles and ‘straps’ and a high relief coronet above an escutcheon enclosing a castle and supported by griffins and the motto Tient ferme. It opens to reveal a velvet interior with cut glass bottles and a silver chocolate-making set on silver trays which swing out to expose a second layer of trays with eight further boxes and a horseshoe-shaped clock and matching barometer. These trays in turn open out to reveal monogrammed fauz- tortoiseshell brushes. Under the brushes is a blotting paper folder, four drip pans and a long drawer containing two pairs of candle arms and four sconces. There are also two hidden jewellery drawers and the fall front is fitted with 23 implements including ‘cut throat’ razors. The inside of the lid is fitted with a mirror, a shaving strop, a small brush, glove stretchers and a shoe horn all behind a rectangular easel mirror. The entire ensemble is decorated overall with applied entwined initials below the coronet. The unusual features in this case are the huge array of contents and evidence that it was made for both a lady and gentleman. The clock is inscribed Thornhill & Co 144 New Bond Street, London W and the case is fully marked throughout, including the hinges and mounts, with the assay stamps for Walter Thornhill, London, 1881.

Contents

A silver canister with two beakers, an oil burner and an ivory handle
16 implements for sewing, writing and dressing
13 square, round and rectangular silver boxes
A horseshoe-shaped clock and barometer
4 cut glass bottles with stoppers
2 cut glass scent bottles
2 coromandel boxes
A shaving brush
A strop
A shoe horn
Glove stretchers
4 pairs of scissors
4 cut throat razors
A large hand held mirror
8 brushes with silver monograms
A rectangular silver gilt easel mirror
A silk and leather blotting paper wallet
Two pairs of candle arms with separate drip trays

Provenance:

From a Private Collection.

The arms are of Davalos of Castile, Marques del Vasto and Marques Pescuera.

Footnote:

In 1734 Joseph Gibbs founded a silver smithing company 137 Bond Street which passed to his son James in 1772. By 1805 it had been taken over by John James Thornhill and his partner John Morley who expanded into the 144 New Bond Street premises, the source of this case, in 1810. They were granted Royal warrants by Queen Victoria and the Prince and Princess of Wales and patronised by many other members of the royal family. In 1848 John James died and his son Walter took up the reins. He diversified into fitted dressing cases, writing boxes, desks and the many other intricate luxury goods so popular in the Victorian era. Thornhill’s reputation for excellent quality workmanship was enhanced by winning medals at the Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace in 1851 and the 1855 and 1878 Paris Expositions. Around 1859 Thornhill, in collaboration with John Farthing, opened additional premises at 42 Cornhill as ‘Farthing and Thornhill.

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