Fitted Victorian Ladies Travelling Vanity & Writing Box w Drawer, Sterling Tools
On offer is this wonderful, antique, ladies fitted travelling vanity and writing box with jewellery draw. An essential travelling companion for any well to do Victorian lady! Made of a dark wood with orange streaks (possibly coromandel). The lid has been inlaid with a mother of pearl shield, a brass convex decoration around the key hole. Opening the box, you find a green velour pocket in the lid to store papers (see photo 11). Within the base there are 4 bottles/jars at each corner. There are also 4 velour lidded cavities, mother of pearl buttons as handles. 3 of the 4 are housed within a removable tray/section which also holds 4 manicure tools (see photos 2, 3 & 4). The tops of the velour pads could be used for pin cushion if desired. Underneath this removable shelf is a further space for storage. A piece of paper was in this section which reads'My little Jack's 1879' (see photo5). This fits with the Victoria era of this box - the brass lock has a'Patent and Crown VR' (Victoria Regina) on it. Next to this lock there is a brass. Knob/pin which you pull up to. Open the removable lined jewellery drawer (see photo 6, 7). The handles of the manicure tools are all hallmarked English sterling silver, the tops steel. The lids to the 3 jars are silver plate on copper.
Box dimensions: 28cm x 20.5cm x 16.5cm. Raw unpackaged weight of 2.522kg.
In good antique condition and presents well. No key - but should be relatively easy to replace. There are some light surface scratches and a couple of minor splits to the exterior wood commensurate with age/use.
Unfortunately there are chips to the rims of the 3 jars. The base of the stopper to the bottle also has some nibbles, but they should all remain usable.
It looks like someone has tried to'break into' the draw at the front as there is a little damage to the veneer (photo 12). Please consider all photos which make up part of the description. Note that I've used the full photo quota, but if you would like any additional pictures, please message me. The item "Fitted Victorian Ladies Travelling Vanity & Writing Box w Drawer, Sterling Tools" is in sale since Wednesday, October 14, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Other Antiques". The seller is "wombats01" and is located in Camberwell, VIC. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Originating Region: England
- Era: 1800s