A fabulous example attributed to Austin of Dublin with intricate mother of pearl & abalone & brass wire inlays of flowering branches, exotic birds and jardinières. Fitted with solid mother of pearl ring handles and standing on elaborate turned feet. Opening the lid reveals a spectacular interior with intricate mother of pearl faced edges and removable compartmentalized tray. Within the lid are a letter compartment and mirror with a pink silk border cushion frame. The tray is lined with a decorative paper and holds a set of ten mother of pearl reel holders, a pair of matching emeries, a waxer and tape measure; this is further divided by a flush-fitted removable tool tray with silver tweezer/earspoon, stiletto, two pairs of scissors, penknife and silver pencil, and two silver thimbles.
Irish, circa 1840.