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Spectacular Complete Sterling Silver Shaving Necessaire, c1895
This is a Victorian high quality sterling silver gentleman's travel shaving set completely marked for London, 1895. It has a monogram on the lid. This extraordinary set, designed for travel, looks initially like a plain silver cylindrical box. When opened it contains a number of items for shaving – the box becomes a mug with the addition of a wicker-covered silver handle. There is a classic badger-haired shaving brush which is enclosed in its cylindrical silver box. The shaving soap container includes a disc with a sharp stud so the stick of soap can be ejected as required. There is a heater with a silver cap as well as a bottle for heating fluid. A stand is provided for the mug so the water can be easily heated. This all fits compactly into the mug though reassembling the components can be a bit of a three-dimensional jigsaw challenge - but it does fit and close. This is a phenomenal piece of quality sterling silver and an insight into the beautiful items available for the wealthy and discerning of the 19th century. This would be a fantastic piece in a collection and it is extraordinarily rare to find such a complete and complex item. It is quite entertaining setting it up and then putting it away again and a real talking point! Height 4 ins (10.2cm), diameter 3.2 ins (8cm). Weight 496 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 390.
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