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FANTASTIC COROMANDEL LADIES DRESSING CASE BY JENNER & KNEWSTUB
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FANTASTIC COROMANDEL LADIES DRESSING CASE BY JENNER AND KNEWSTUB
A fantastic and large coromandel ladies dressing case by Jenner & Knewstub, still retaining its original brown leather carrying case with the initials MIB, inside is a beautifully veneered case in coromandel which is brass bound and inlaid with recessed brass side carrying handles, opening the lid reveals a purple velvet lined interior with fifteen silver gilt cut glass bottles and containers, all of which are decorated with the initials decorated in turquoise and white pearls and stamped with the initials WN for William Neal, the front drops down to reveal three hand held mirrors and two drawers released by buttons, in the base of the case there is a further secret drawer released on a spring action, the two cantilever trays open to reveal two further trays containing a large selection of gilt tools, and a centre section with a double ended scent bottle, spoon and a large and magnificent horseshoe shaped clock, inside the top is a removable gilt mirror and a stationary compartment.
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.