Burr Walnut sewing box by Halstaff & Hannaford with engraved brass lettering and escutcheon.
The inside of the lid is lined with a ruched velvet and folds down to reveal a letter compartment and makers label Halstaff & Hannaford. The interior of the box is satinwood including the compartment dividers which have red velvet lined lids with Mother of Pearl handles. The main section of the interior lifts out to reveal a large storage compartment underneath. This sewing box comes complete with numerous compartments for embroidery silks, spools, two sterling silver thimbles, pin cushions and a beautiful cut glass perfume bottle with gold plated lid.
There is also a removable padded tool kit which includes tweezers, sewing hook and scissors some of which have Mother of Pearl handles.
This beautiful sewing box belonged to Maud Younghusband (nee Gordon). She was the wife of Arthur Delavel Younghusband (1854-1931).
Mr Younghusband led a political career in India. He joined the Indian Civil Service in 1875, culminating with the role of Commissioner of Sind between 1905 and 1912. This was the most important political position in the province. He was also the founding President of the Karachi division of the British Empire League, an organisation formed to strengthen relations between Great Britain, India and various British colonies.
In June 1907 he was granted the The Most Exalted Order of the Star of India. This was a medal honouring service to the British Raj in India.
Inside the box is a sweet letter sent by Maud from Karachi to her three children, Frances, George and Arthur, A small water colour of steamer ship and a card.
This sewing box has a fully working lock and tasseled key.
- Wood, Brass, Velvet, Mother of Pearl