An exquisitely decorated Coromandel Lady’s Dressing/Jewellery Box – Hallmarked 1837

Price: £3900
Stock No. 1017/2021/QSA


A superb fitted Lady’s Dressing/Jewellery Box, with its large and complete selection of tools and containers.

The case is made of finest Coromandel wood (Macassar Ebony) expertly decorated throughout with finest Abalone and Mother-Of-Pearl inlays, with finely embossed gilt brass edging.

The lid opens to reveal five hallmarked silver-topped glass bottles, in a section at the back, all in perfect condition together with their original glass stoppers. There are 2 further hallmarked silver-topped bottles and 4 rectangular silver-topped containers plus several tools in a fitted blue velvet tray. The small inner tray lifts out to reveal a shallow jewellery storage section. The larger tray in turn lifts out (by use of two silver handles) to reveal a large storage section (for brushes, hand mirrors etc). Inside the lid is a blue velvet covered pull-out letter wallet, behind which is a removable blue leather-backed free-standing mirror.

A pin on the right side of the box lifts out, releasing a spring-loaded, full-width fitted blue-velvet lined jewellery drawer which pops out of the right side of the box.

Dimensions: (w) 12 inches (d) 9 inches (h) 7 inches (30.5 x 23 x 18cm)

Weight: 5 Kgs

Hallmarked for London 1837. The makers mark ‘FD’ is belived to be Frances Douglas (wife of Archibald John Douglas – Both Silversmiths). She died young, actually in 1837, thus making it likely that this box was one of her very last.