A magnificent early Victorian rosewood veneered vanity box with its original leather case and working lock and key. The rosewood veneer is in terrific condition for its age, with hardly a mark or blemish, thanks mainly to its sheepskin lined leather case. The top has a central rectangular brass cartouche with inscribed initials "EGG", as far as I can make out.It has a similar brass escutcheon, but square in shape, and the lock and key are original. The top opens to reveal an array of silver plated and cut glass topped jars and containers. All are in excellent condition, with the exception of one of the small glass topped jars which has a peice of its collar broken off (see photo). However, this cannot be seen when it has its top on. Also, the silver plated top on one of the smaller jar refuses to come off.
There is a central tray which has its full complement, including a pair of scissors, a cork screw thing, and a couple of other things with mother of pearl handles, one of which might be for removing a stone from a horses hoof - or maybe not. This tray can be removed to reveal a green silk lined storage area for jewellery, It sits within a larger tray that can also be removed via two brass handles, in order to access further storage area beneath. On the right hand side, on the edge, there is a brass pin.When this is pulled up, a green silk lined drawer, springs out from the side. The interior of the top has a mirror, which on the reverse side, is lined with gathered green velvet. This can be reversed, by pressing a catch situated under the lock keep, and the mirror can then be removed, turned around, and clipped back into place. There is however, a secret folder situated behind this, which would have possibly been for keeping love letters.
From its immaculate condition, I don't think the original owner had any. The box has been sympathetically cleaned, re-waxed and polished. It is in overall exemplary condition.
The original leather case has been cleaned with leather cream and is quite a rarity. Measurements: 30.3 cm wide, 22,5 cm deep and just under 17 cm high. C leaned and restored to a high standard. All you need to do is wipe over with a soft cloth from time to tim e.You can occasionally use a spray furniture polish that contains bees wax, which will maintain its satin sheen. Please dont use a silicone spray as this could be detrimental to the wax ed surface. The item "An early Victorian Rosewood fitted Vanity Box with Leather Travelling Case" is in sale since Wednesday, November 21, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Woodenware\Boxes". The seller is "whatnotrousers" and is located in Blakeney. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Australia, United States, Canada, Brazil, New Zealand, Israel, Hong Kong, Norway, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Chile.