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A Very High Quality Brass bound  Rosewood Man's Dressing Box circa 1839

 

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A Very High Quality Brass bound   Rosewood  Man's Dressing Box circa 1839 with silver and with a lower  drawer.  

working  lock and key.

Origin: UK

Circa: 1839

Materials: rosewood,  silver glass.

Size: 12" by 8.6" by 6.5":  30.5cm by 21.8cm by 16.5cm. 

Condition: The box has a shellac finish and is overall in very good original condition

 

 

 

A Very High Quality Brass bound   Rosewood  Man's Dressing Box circa 1839 with silver and with a lower  drawer: Enlarge Picture

 

A Very High Quality Brass bound   Rosewood  Man's Dressing Box circa 1839 with silver and with a lower  drawer: Enlarge Picture

The box is bound with brass which is  attached to the box with both brass screws and pins. This is  decorative as well as protective. The brass contrasts with the beautiful grain of the rosewood. The plate on the top is initialed A S F. The same initials are in monogram on the silver.

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A Very High Quality Brass bound   Rosewood  Man's Dressing Box circa 1839 with silver and with a lower  drawer: Enlarge Picture

 

Inside are silver topped cut glass bottles and containers. In the center is a lift out tray.

 

The Center tray lifts out.

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Underneath the tray is fitted to hold necessaries for the gentlemanly life Boot strap pullers manicure tools and a mother of pearl handled razor as well as a folding turned steel corkscrew are included.

A Very High Quality Brass bound   Rosewood  Man's Dressing Box circa 1839 with silver and with a lower  drawer: Enlarge Picture

 

A Very High Quality Brass bound   Rosewood  Man's Dressing Box circa 1839 with silver and with a lower  drawer: Enlarge Picture

A Very High Quality Brass bound   Rosewood  Man's Dressing Box circa 1839 with silver and with a lower  drawer: Enlarge Picture  

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A Very High Quality Brass bound   Rosewood  Man's Dressing Box circa 1839 with silver and with a lower  drawer: Enlarge Picture

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The silver is hall marked 

 

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At the top is the "maker's" mark: GR. The next punch below is the "King's head": William IV. 
The next mark "Lion Passant"  denotes that this is silver of sterling standard. (925)
 The date letter "s" is next, and finally the "Leopard's head for London.

 

 

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This is the entry  for London 1839/40 in English Goldsmiths and Their Marks by Sir Charles J. Jackson

 

A Very High Quality Brass bound   Rosewood  Man's Dressing Box circa 1839 with silver and with a lower  drawer: Enlarge Picture

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A Very High Quality Brass bound   Rosewood  Man's Dressing Box circa 1839 with silver and with a lower  drawer: Enlarge Picture

  There is a document wallet in the upper part. The drawer is lined with the same green leather.

 

A Very High Quality Brass bound   Rosewood  Man's Dressing Box circa 1839 with silver and with a lower  drawer: Enlarge Picture

Detail: the facings are inlaid with brass. The lucky four leafed clover device is at the corners as an accent echoing the inlay on the top and front.  The silver is monogrammed AFS. 

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 The box is bound with brass which is  attached to the box with both brass screws and pins. This is  decorative as well as protective. The brass contrasts with the beautiful grain of the rosewood.

A Very High Quality Brass bound   Rosewood  Man's Dressing Box circa 1839 with silver and with a lower  drawer: Enlarge Picture

 

A Very High Quality Brass bound   Rosewood  Man's Dressing Box circa 1839 with silver and with a lower  drawer:  Enlarge Picture

  Among the necessaries are a pair of foldable boot pullers. They are inserted into straps at either side of the boot. The well known expression "pull your self up by your boot straps" refers to this.

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A Very High Quality Brass bound   Rosewood  Man's Dressing Box circa 1839 with silver and with a lower  drawer: Enlarge Picture

Detail of the silver: many of the pieces are engraved as well as pierced.

 

Detail of the turned steel folding corkscrew. The screw part doubles as a handle. 
A Very High Quality Brass bound   Rosewood  Man's Dressing Box circa 1839 with silver and with a lower  drawer: Enlarge Picture

 

A Very High Quality Brass bound   Rosewood  Man's Dressing Box circa 1839 with silver and with a lower  drawer: Enlarge Picture

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 Detail of the mother of pearl handled razor. This is of exceptional quality and marked:

Doughty 481 West-Strand. 

The strand area of London was a prestige shopping area in the 19th Century.

 

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Detail: the blade of the razor is engraved: Doughty 481 West-Strand. 

 

 

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