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A stunning example of a Victorian-era travelling toilet set. with cut glass containers with silver-gilt mounts.
The silver-gilt mounts are hallmarked for London, circa. 1839-40 and attributed to George Reid. The box is stamped on the lock mechanism as being Mordan & Co makers patent, also of London.
An interesting and aesthetically pleasing set, the deep blue of the interior works perfectly to highlight the stunning gilded sterling silver mounts on all of the vessels. The decoration on the silver mounts is incredibly intricate, with engine turned decoration, foliate scroll-work and a central cartouche.
Opening the inner lid reveals both a mirror, with an attached label for 'Halstaff & Hannaford, Manufacturers, 228.REGENT ST', a London based Victorian manufacturer of fine boxes & dressing cases. In addition, there is also a section for accessories and tools.
The kit displays exceptionally well and with careful use, is also still very functional.
This is a very well used kit, the outside of the box is very worn, but full of character & history, the initials in the centre are almost fully worn away. Internally there is some wear and tear associated with use to the structure but it is sound.
The silver mounts to the glass vessels internally are in very good condition, with little to no rubbing or losses. There are some minor dents in the lids of the two perfume bottles. The silver cylinder also has a loose fixture to the bottom. The glass vessels themselves are all in good condition, with no chips or losses except one, which has damage to two corners (image provided).
The perfume bottles are both in very good condition, with some build-up of residue on the rim and shoulders of one of them underneath the lid. Both have the original glass stoppers. There is also one central container that is also missing.
The accessories tray has significant wear to the leather outer, an image is again provided for clarity. Unfortunately, most of the components of this tray have been lost over time, with only 4 items remaining.
The mirror has aged nicely, the leather outer not being perfect, but reasonable for its age. The mirror backing has deteriorated over time as antique mirrors tend to but is still in usable condition with unique character.