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.
Marking:  Lion passant (English quality mark for sterling);  Queen's head (duty mark);  crown;  B & C (maker's mark, possibly for Brookes & Crookes);  C (C or G, date letter ?).
Location of marks: , ,  on .44 on handle; , ,  on .44 on other side of handle
Trade Mark: 1) Jenner & Co. 2) St. James's 33 Street
Location of trade marks: 1) on. 44 on blade, near hinge; 2) on .44 on other side of blade
Artist: James Cox (British, ca. 1723–1800)Date: 1766Medium: Case: gold with diamonds and paste jewels set in silver, pearls; Dial: while enamel; Movement: partly gilded brass and steel, wheel balance and cock of silver set with paste jewelsAccession: 1982.60.137On view in:Gallery 540