This is a delightful boxed set of necessary toiletry accessories including shoehorn, glove stretcher and two sizes of button hook. They are housed in a red leatherette case which is lined with silk inside the lid and velvet for the main section with depressions for the appropriate tools. All sterling sections of the tools are marked for Birmingham 1899 and the maker ‘W.D.’ The shoehorn has a broad blade which is marked for steel. The glove stretcher has two blades which are marked on the inside ‘German Silver Blades’. There are two button hooks (one short and one long with steel blades – the longer blade being marked for steel). The condition of the box shows signs of wear and use with some rubbing, a stain on the top and an area of surface loss also on the top. The clasp and the interior fabric is sound and there is a minimal amount of rust on the small button hook otherwise the tools are in very good condition. The elastic holding the small button hook has stretched with age. This is a very attractive and complete group of accessories that show the pieces necessary to an elegant Victorian lady. Box measures 8.25 ins (21cm) x 5 ins (12.5cm) x 0.75 ins (2cm). Weight 322 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 387.
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