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Toilet set case

Maker:
Jenner & Knewstub
Date:
1874–75
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Ebony, silver gilt, gilt metal, glass, velvet, satin, leather
Dimensions:
Overall, closed (confirmed): 10 3/4 x 16 x 12 1/2 in. (27.3 x 40.6 x 31.8 cm); Overall, opened (confirmed): 25 7/8 x 30 1/4 x 9 1/2 in. (65.7 x 76.8 x 24.1 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Amos L. Beaty, 1961
Accession Number:
61.78.1a–h
Not on view
The building of railroads during the first half of the nineteenth century led to a tremendous increase in travel, which stimulated the demand for the sumptuous dressing cases retailed by Frederick Jenner and Fabian James Knewstub and other London firms. This luxury case (61.78.1–.50), with its pivoting compartments, secret storage areas, and myriad fittings "which quite exhaust the requisites for the road or the boudoir," certainly made travel as comfortable as it was cumbersome.
Inscription: (In blue enamel on silver gilt button affixed to larger fitting): K;
(Engraved on large stand-mirror and on smaller fittings): K

Marking: Trade mark:
Jenner & Knewstub / -to the queen-/ 33 St. James's Street & 66 Jermyn Street

Location of trade mark:
On front of case on part which opens down
Mrs. Amos L. Beaty (until 1961; to MMA)
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