Ebony, silver gilt, gilt metal, glass, velvet, satin, leather
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)
Gift of Mrs. Amos L. Beaty, 1961
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.
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