dressing case

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a small piece of luggage for carrying brushes and bottles and toilet articles while traveling

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Another real find came from a local woman who brought a gent's dressing case reputed to have belonged to Napoleon.
Briefly to include: Wedgwood black basalt figure of a crane; rectangular cantonese brush box; crimson velvet trunk 19th century; Andrew Stephenson tree seat; Dutch fruitwood & ebonised bucket; George III mahogany four-drawer chest c1770; set of Victorian fine furniture and pair Rococo-style Ormolu Chenet; George III mahogany & suede settee c1770; Mahogany tester bed c1830; Coromandel wood travelling dressing case with original invoice; Louis XVI-style walnut Duchesse Brise, 18th century mahogany chest; early 19th century Regency rosewood breakfront cabinet; late 18th century mahogany four-pedestal dining table, Charles II oak and fruitwood parquetry Long dresser; J Kind, London 1777 silver dish; set of 11 silver gilded Corn on the Cob spikes.
It is an exceptional example of an early Victorian coromandel and brassbound dressing case, fitted with silver-topped and glass bottles and jars which would have been filled with scent, wig powder, patches, toilet water etc.
The box was sold by "Edwards, Manufacturer of Writing & Dressing Cases to Her Majesty, 21 Kings Street, Bloomsbury, London" and has "Robert Stephenson, 34 Gloucester Square, Hyde Park, London" inscribed on the top and on an outer brass plaque.
Most companies also offer purses, watches, dressing cases, bracelets or other knick-knacks as a present that goes with the Christmas sets.
Its products include packing materials for cosmetics such as lip painting, eyebrow pencil tubes, lipsticks, eyelash sticks, cream case covers, dressing cases, perfume bottles, powder block cases and powder brushes.
Thus a library table would conceal a step ladder for reaching the top shelves, a dressing table would be also a washstand and an escritoire, looking glasses would enclose dressing cases, writing tables or work tables.