A mahogany Gentlemans Dressing Box with brass carrying handles. The lid opening reveals a velvet and leather interior with twelve engraved silver topped bottles, all with an engraving of an oak tree. The top tray lifts out to another tray of tools, including ivory handled cut throat razors, scissors, boot pulls, tongue scrapper and others. Inside the lid is a fold down panel with a section on the reverse for letters etc. London c1827
NécessaireFashionable in eighteenth-century Europe were so-called nécessaires de poche (pocket necessaries)—small caskets made of precious materials and fitted with tiny implements for grooming, writing, or sewing. Beneath a mirror-lined cover, the interior of this casket contains an inkwell and sand shaker, pen, pencil, clasp knife, cut-glass seal, snuff spoon, ear spoon, bodkin, tweezers, file, two-leaved ivory tablet, and a patch box.
Late 18th-early 19th"Naval officers travelling, writing and toilet chest. Oak with mahagany veneer. Top raises to reveal folding mirror, lidded boxes, compartments fitted for writing and toilet equipment. Contains two glass bottles, a round wooden box and razors."
Second half eighteenth century (possibly german) gentleman's toilet box containing tortoiseshell mirror, razors and stone. Box is green shagreen.
1787 British Shaving table at the National Maritime Museum, London - From the curators' comments: "This shaving table is said to have belonged to Horatio Nelson. It is veneered with mahogany and the two handles on either side indicate that it would most likely have been used as travelling furniture. The top opens out to reveal a cut-out for a bowl and glass (now missing) and there is a swing mirror at the back of the cabinet."
Nécessaire de Marie Leczinska, 1729-1730. Offert par le roi à la reine à l’occasion de la naissance du Dauphin.Composé d’une chocolatière, d’un moussoir, d’une grande cuillère à chocolat, d’un moulin, de boîtes, d’une passoire, d’un entonnoir, d’une sonnette, d’un pot à crème, d’une pince à sucre, de cuillères à café, d’un bougeoir, d’un sucrier, d’une théière, de gobelets, de tasses et soucoupes.
Washstand, England, 1780-1800. This washstand has a double folding top which when opened originally revealed a bowl for washing. When folded up, the top also protected walls from splashes. Designed to stand in the corner of a room, a similar stand is illustrated in Thomas Sheraton's Cabinet Maker and Upholsterer’s Drawing Book, published in 1792, where it is described as a 'Corner Bason Stand'. V
Antique Nineteenth Century Black Lacquer Boite à Courrier/ Letter Box