A pair of Victorian silver Cases by Louis Dee.
A pair of Victorian cases with suspension chains, Louis Dee, London 1883, retailed by Alfred Clark of 20, Old Bond Street, London. Each case is formed as a Japanese Oni mask, double-sided. One case has a blue silk interior Purse, the other is fitted out as a blue velvet lined Sewing Necessaire, with stiletto, crochet hook, thimble and bodkin [unmarked] on one side, and, on the other side, folding scissors with silver handles by ‘AF’ [probably Alfred Fridlander] engraved also with Clark, 20 Old Bond Street, a folding silver-sided steel knife and a needle case [each of these unmarked].
Louis and his brother, Henry William Dee, produced some of the most characterful and well-modelled silver in Victorian London.
The silver in good condition with distortion of the ring handle on one purse. There is rust corrosion on some parts of the steelwork on the needlework tools, together with some staining and shrinkage to the interior velvet of the necessaire and to the silkwork of the purse.
Height [excluding chains] – 6.70 cm.; Width – 6 cm.; Weight [of the two] – 242.30 gms.