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434. A George IV rosewood and brass sewing box by D. Edwards, of sarcophagus shape and inlaid with cornucopiae issuing scrolling leaves and flowers, the pink watered silk lined interior with a divided lift-out tray fitted with four cut-glass and silver plated topped bottles with initials ‘M.F.W.’, a needle case, lidded compartments, ten turned ivory reel holders with stylised chrysanthemum ends, a filigree tape measure, a thimble and various utensils, with two printed paper trade labels inscribed ‘D.EDWARDS Manufacturer of WRITING & DRESSING CASES To his Majesty THE DUKE OF YORK, & c. No. 21 King Street Bloomsbury Square, Old Desks, Dressing Cases & c. repaired or exchanged for new: NB. Cut Glass, Silver-Fine Cutlery & c.’ the brass lock stamped ‘GR’ twice, on bracket feet, 15cm high, 33.4cm wide, 25.7cm deep. £2,000-3,000 Provenance: Antigone Clarke & Joseph O’Kelly. David Edwards of 21 King Street, Bloomsbury Square, London was a writing box and case maker to the Royal family and was the inventor of the patent military travelling case. He was renown for using the best quality timbers and using intricate inlays and complex mechanisms for secret compartments. The business was eventually acquired by Asprey in 1859.
435. A Victorian coromandel and brass mounted dressing case in the manner of George Betjemann, the hinged lid with a leather and plush lined mirror and a letter pouch to the underside, above engraved and monogrammed silver topped cut-glass bottles, boxes and jars hallmarked for London 1884 by Wright & Davies, with a tray fitted with silver handled utensils and steel scissors, the twin hinged front fitted with glass bottles revealing push button activated leather and plush lined drawers, one with a comb holder, with a brass Bramah lock, 20.7cm high, 31.3cm wide, 25cm deep. £1,000-1,500
Provenance: Antigone Clarke & Joseph O’Kelly.
436. A Regency whitewood painted Tunbridge ware sewing box, decorated with gilt bands of scrolling flowers and foliage, the hinged lid with a central printed interior scene of a lute player and a lady seated at a table, the painted interior with a hinged compartment to the underside of the lid with an engraving of 'THE ROYAL HOSPITAL OF ST. KATHERINE, REGENT'S PARK', above a divided interior with lift-out lidded boxes and a secret drawer, containing various sewing accoutrements and other items, with brass lion's mask ring handles and paw feet, 16.2cm high, 40.8cm wide, 35cm deep. £1,000-1,500 Provenance: Antigone Clarke & Joseph O'Kelly.
Furniture, Works of Art & Clocks | Wednesday 3rd July 2019