This fine antique George V 9ct yellow gold travelling vanity set is composed of a hand mirror, two clothes brushes, a comb, a scent bottle, a pill/powder box, a nail buffer, a nail file, a cuticle pusher and a pair of nail scissors.
Each piece of this impressive and extensive set is embellished with a panel of fine and impressive engine turned decoration*.
The pill/powder box has a plain circular form and retains the original hallmarked push fit cover.
The glass body of the scent has a rectangular form with rounded corners.
The cylindrical neck of the scent bottle is fitted with a hallmarked yellow gold mount; this indicates the fine quality of the piece.
The scent bottle retains the original circular hallmarked 9ct gold push fit cover.
The two clothes brushes have a rectangular rounded form with impressive engine turned ornamentation to each handpiece and retain the original bristles.
The comb has a hallmarked yellow gold handle is fitted with fine tortoiseshell effect teeth to one portion, and wider teeth to the opposing portion.
The hand mirror has a circular rounded form and retains the original bevelled glass, showing a clear reflection.
The scissors and blade of the nail file are crafted in gilt metal; the cuticle pusher has the original hallmarked yellow gold functional terminal.
This antique vanity set is fitted to a fine and impressive hinged leather carrying case with a velvet interior.
The main section of the case incorporates a vacant storage compartment with removable cover, all lined with matching velvet.
The interior of the carry case bears the retailer’s mark ‘W Lister & Sons Ltd, Jewellers, Newcastle on Tyne’ to one side.
The travel case is fitted with a gilded metal locking mechanism and strap restraints and retains the original stitched leather carrying handle.
The working locking mechanism retains the original key.
The hallmarks struck to the surface of each piece include:
Maker’s mark: W.N Ltd (William Neale & Son Ltd)
Gold quality/purity marks: 9, .375 (9 carat gold)
Assay mark: Anchor (Birmingham, England)
Date mark: C (1927)
* Items, such as this travelling vanity set, that were frequently handled, often had surfaces embellished with engine turned decoration to avoid finger prints detracting from the overall appearance of each piece.