This is a stunning antique Victorian lady's coromandel brass banded and brass inlaidtravelling dressing case, by Leuchars, 38 Piccadilly, London and Circa 1870 in date
The beautiful interior is fitted with silver mounted cut glass bottles and jars with carnelian ornamentation. The sterling silver topped jars and bottles have hallmarks for London 1872 and hallmarks for the silversmith Thomas Johnston.
There is a lift out tray with silver gilt and steel manicure and sewing accessories. The front section lifts out to reveal a blue silk lined compartment.
This dressing case is made of coromandel wood, which was and still is extremely rare and expensive and would only have been used on very high quality items.
There is a drawer in the bottom, it is lined with blue velvet and provides ample storage for jewellery. The case also has a secret compartment concealed inside the lid, the back can be removed to reveal a secret hiding place for letters and documents as well as a useful mirror.
It is fitted with two special Leuchars Patent Bramah Locks and they are complete with their original keys. The main lock is self locking, this type of lock was madeto counteract the forgetfulness of the owner by automatically locking itself.
It bears a brass engraved plaque that reads:
Leuchars & Son, 38 & 39 Piccadilly London.
The compartment in the lid bears the gilt inscription:
Leuchars & Son, 38 & 39 Piccadilly, London & 2 Rue De La Paix, Paris
It is a beautiful piece which will look stunning on your dressing table.
It is rare to find such a wonderful travelling case
in such good condition and for it to be complete with nothing missing.
In excellent condition, the silver with clear hallmarks and no dings, dents or signs of repair. Please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 19 x Width 34 x Depth 24
Dimensions in inches:
Height 7 inches x Width 1 foot, 1 inch x Depth 9 inches
Our reference: 08976
Leuchars was established in 1794 at 47 Piccadilly, London by James Leuchars. The business moved to 38 Piccadilly in 1820 shortly before James Leuchars died.
James' widow, Lucy Leuchars, continued the business under her name. In 1837 when Queen Victoria came to the throne, the firm was awarded the Royal Warrant for their supply of dressing cases to the Royal family.
The business expanded to 39 Piccadilly in 1841, the name had now changed to Lucy Leuchars & Son; the ‘Son' referring to William Leuchars. After Lucy's death in 1847, William gained sole responsibility for the business.
Leuchars exhibited and won prize medals for his dressing cases at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and the International Exhibition of 1862, winning a further silver medal at the International Exposition of 1867 in Paris.
In 1870, under the name of Leuchars & Son, William Leuchars along with his son, also called William, opened a further shop at 2 Rue de la Paix in Paris. When William Sr died in 1871, William Jr took control of the business, later winning a gold medal for their dressing cases at the International Exposition of 1878 in Paris.
In 1884, Leuchars moved their existing manufactory from 31 Gerrard Street, Soho, London to 8 Sherwood Street, Golden Square, London.
William Jr finally agreed to sell the business, along with their Sherwood Street manufactory, to Asprey in 1888. Leuchars continued to trade from their 38 & 39 Piccadilly address until 1902.
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