This is a stunning antique Victorian lady’s travelling case, circa 1870 in date.
This traveling case is made of coromandel wood and features a mother of pearl initialled plaque.
The interior is well fitted with twelve Sheffield silver plated topped jars and bottles, and the complete set of six mother of pearl mounted manicure tools all displayed on red velvet.
There is a sprung concealed drawer on one side and another one in the bottom, they spring open when the brass buttons are pressed. The underside of the lid can be opened by pressing a button hidden in the burgundy velvet to reveal a compartment for hiding love letters and a mirror that can be removed for use.
The case can be safely locked with the original key.
It is a beautiful piece which would look stunning on your dressing table.
In excellent condition, the silver with no dings, dents or signs of repair. Please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 18 x Width 31 x Depth 23
Dimensions in inches:
Height 7 inches x Width 1 foot x Depth 9 inches
Calamander wood or Coromandel wood is a valuable wood from India, Sri Lanka and South East Asia. It is of a hazel-brown color, with black stripes (or the other way about), 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; one of these is Diospyros quaesita Thwaites, from Sri Lanka. The name Calamander comes from the local sinhalese name, ‘kalu-medhiriya’, which means dark chamber; referring to the characteristic ebony black wood.
Coromandel wood has been logged to extinction over the last 2 to 3 hundred years and is no longer available for new work in any quantity. Furniture in coromandel is so expensive and so well looked after that even recycling it is an unlikely source. A substitute, Macassar Ebony, has similar characteristics and to the untrained eye is nearly the same but it lacks the depth of colour seen in genuine Coromandel.
Our reference: A2093