Veneered in stunning coromandel, bound and double strung in brass, with robust campaign carry-handles and engraved escutcheon. The interior features twelve hobnail cut glass containers with elaborately engraved silver lids hallmarked: James Vickery, London 1857. These are finished with the letter G, and encrusted in ruby and turquoise pearl. The front of the box features a fold-down front fitted with various tools and accoutrements, a drawer containing three ivory brushes, shoe horn, glove stretchers and comb. A second ‘secret’ jewellery drawer can only be accessed by pushing down on a screw in the back hinge - removing this gives access to a further secret compartment in the base of the box.... ideal for the storage of love letters and trinkets!
The lid houses an engraved brass free-standing mirror, behind which is a secret letter compartment. The locks and hinges are all beautifully engraved with an entwined rope design, the lock also being engraved with: Henry Lewis, Goldsmith Jeweller & Dressing Case Maker, 7 New Bond St. London W.
The box originates from a vast collection of heirlooms from the Glyn Cywarch estate in Wales, family seat of the Barons Harlech and Ormsby-Gores. A family of strong political lineage, visitors to their estate over the years included Her Majesty the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Margaret, and Jackie Kennedy.
English, circa 1857.