Fine 19th century luxury coromandel fitted vanity dressing case with a Bramah lock. The outside of the box with typical veined marble look coromandel wood held with curved brass lined edging strips with rounded edges. To the top centre a monogrammed logo with the letters C/M. The front of the box with a neat circular brass lined key hole to action the Bramah lock. When opened the interior reveals a textured blue quilted silk lining amongst several partitions complete with cut glass bottles, glass stoppers and solid silver lids. Each piece of silver hallmarked with the makers mark TW (London maker Thomas Whitehouse), sovereign head duty mark, lion passant, date letter F (1861) and the London silver mark. Other contents include a set of mother of pearl handled personal tools, a hidden vanity mirror behind the lid of the box actioned with two spring loaded hinges and two draws beneath the vanity set.
Lot Notes: Coromandel (also known as Calamander) is a valuable wood from Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia. It consists of hazel-brown and black colours in a random stripe type pattern, it is very heavy and hard. It is also known as Macassar ebony or variegated ebony and is closely related to genuine ebony, but is obtained from different species in the same genus. It is used in furniture, luthiery and for sculpture.Furniture in calamander is so expensive and so well looked after that even recycling it is an unlikely source.
Lot Reference: For a similar vanity case see from Royal descent ChristiesArt of the Islamic and Indian World Sale 5708 Lot 220 4th October 2012
Condition: Good, surface lifting to some of the exterior, interior with some signs of use and wear.
Measurements: Box 20cm H x 31cm W x 24cm D