EXCEPTIONAL LADIES SILVER GILT DRESSING CASE BY LEUCHARS
An exceptional 19th Century silver gilt, gilt metal and cut glass ladies travelling dressing table set all in a brass bound coromandel case with sunken brass handles. The case opening to reveal a blue velvet lined interior and the lid fitted with a document wallet and a dressing mirror. The interior comprising of four various hob-nail cut glass bottles, five various cut-glass oblong boxes, a circular box, an oblong inkwell, a beaker, a mug with glass flask, an oblong vesta case, a tortoiseshell paper knife and a cylindrical scent bottle with hinged domed cover, each with silver-gilt mounts. The drop front fitted with seventeen various instruments including a silver gilt shoehorn and double medicine spoon. Once opened this reveals two drawers, one velvet lined for jewellery, the other containing a pair of gilt-metal mounted hairbrushes. Removing the bottom drawer allows access to a secret compartment in the floor of the case, revealed by sliding back the base of the case. The box covers, bottle covers and paper knife each applied with a monogram HM, the medicine and shoehorn similarly engraved. The case inlaid with a shaped plaque engraved W. Leuchars, maker to the Royal Family, 38, Piccadilly, London. Makers marks for Francis Douglas, London, 1847, 1848, 1849, 1850, 1854, 1856, Joseph Clark, London 1896, Thomas Ingleton, London 1894.