This is a complete, quality sterling silver Birmingham 1911 manicure set by the prestigious company Mappin & Webb. It is housed in a leatherette slightly sloping box with fine gold tooling around the edges. The inside of the lid is lined with cream silk and has the maker’s name and address for 24 & 26 St Ann’s Square, Manchester. The main box is lined with deep green velvet with fitted spaces for the complete set of tools. All the tools are of sterling silver with the addition of steel for the working parts. The tools include a silver box with lift-off lid, a nail buffer with original chamois, two pairs of scissors - one with straight blades and the other with curved (the actual blades are also marked for Mappin & Webb). In addition, there is a silver-handled nail file, tweezers and an implement for cuticles with a steel working end. All the implements are in good working order with minimal spots of rust on the steel - an image shows the variety of marks for sterling silver and the steel components. The exterior of the box shows rubbing in spots consistent with age and the cream silk has a little staining and shows some wear just below the maker’s mark (this may have been at the sight of a previous label). The catch is working and fairly secure. This is a quality and beautiful complete example of a manicure set of an earlier era. Box measures 9.25 ins (23cm) x 7 ins (17.5cm) x 1.5 ins (4cm). Weight 502 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 387.
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