A remarkable 19th century French trousse de voyage, or travel vanity set. This is a train case for a mid-late 1800s traveler, and contains everything they need for their daily ablutions as well as to correspond with those left behind. There are writing tools and a fabulous wax seal inside, too, and the green moire silk panel that lifts out and holds the writing tools is also a pouch into which one would store writing paper and evelopes, documents and/or a hiding place for cash as well. The vast array of all tools is noted on the photos for your review. The old wax seal alone is worth around $300 on its own (no monogram yet on the matrix). The jars and scent bottles are all in fine order, no chips or breaks and the caps are fine old quad-plated French silver plate that looks for all the world like sterling. The long toothbrush jar might be a replacement. I'm unsure. It fits, but the cap is not a match to the rest. And one of the old boar-bristle brushes is not like the other though both are heavy beautiful old wood. I think the one with its original leather bristle keeper is the original. All in a compact 11" x 8.5" and 4.75" high when closed. It retains the old working lock and key, too. The outer case is leather and is in remarkably fine condition without any flaws to note other than a little surface dust I missed before photos. A nice Art Deco feel to it, but it's earlier and closer to c.1850-70. A perfect movie prop, studios (yes, they do buy from us, too).
Very good to excellent for age and type. Some age to the old implements but no breaks or chips, no problems with the glass jars, and only the travel inkwell needs a note about the cap which is disconnected at the hinge so not quite capable of holding ink even though it looks lovely. The one oval brush is a replacement, but both brushes are lovely heavy old wood with gorgeous grain, and the high quality boar bristles look to have been used little if ever at all. No loss to those. Truly a fine old set for display or even to put to use if you'd like. We've thoroughly cleaned it for you already.
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