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SILVER GILT LADIES DRESSING CASE BY JENNER & KNEWSTUB
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SILVER GILT LADIES DRESSING CASE BY JENNER AND KNEWSTUB
A superb ebony and brass bound ladies dressing case by Jenner & Knewstub, makers to the Queen, 33, St James’s Street & 66, Jermyn Street, London. The top opens to reveal fifteen various silver gilt and hobnail cut glass jars, and boxes which are hallmarked London 1866 &1868, with the makers mark AB & JB, all the tops have the initials CME (not necessarily in that order), in addition to the bottles there is a lovely silver gilt horseshoe shaped clock which is in working order.
The interior of the top reveals a velvet backed freestanding mirror, and behind this is a superb gilt hand held mirror decorated with leaves and flowers. When removing the fitted top tray, a further removable tray is revealed which contains a large selection of tools, including thimble, thermometer, napkin holder, corkscrew, seal etc (the scissors are replacements and one circular tool is missing.)
Below this tray is a compartment containing various leather bound pieces, a visiting card case, a paper pad holder with blotting paper pad, an ivory comb holder, a small jewellery box and a small purse and sewing wallet.
Finally, the bottom drawer is velvet lined and lidded for jewellery.
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.