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Lord Suffield's Necessaire de Voyage

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Item Details

  • Width:
    16 Inches
  • Height:
    7 1/2 Inches
  • Depth:
    10 1/4 Inches
  • Period:
    20th Century
  • Origin:
    England/Ireland
A wonderful necessaire de voyage crafted of fine coromandel veneer and brass mounts. The interior of the case contains 14 cut crystal containers with silver gilt lids and is lined in leather and velvet throughout. The panel on the interior of the lid can be removed, revealing a secret compartment for documents and a large mirror. The necessaire also features a "pop-up" compartment that rises from the center of the box and is filled with toiletries adorned with polished ivory handles. The sliding mechanism on the left can be removed to reveal a secret storage compartment perfect for hiding the most precious valuables. The top bears a crest with the inscription "From Lord Suffield to T.W. Cook." Circa 1912

16" wide x 10 1/4" deep x 7 1/2" high

Travel became a key pastime for the affluent beginning in the 18th century. Young gentlemen and women of high social standing often traveled throughout the Continent in an extended, educational tour known as their Grand Tour. These lengthy journeys required a convenient means of transporting the personal belongings, or necessities, of daily life. Often constructed of luxurious materials such as silver, gold, mother of pearl, crystal, fine woods and leathers, these necessaries de voyage became highly personalized symbols of wealth and taste, carrying everything from toiletries and jewelry to sewing and writing instruments.

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