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Sterling silver compendium by Blunt & Wray

Blunt & Wray Ltd: a fascinating, Sterling silver smoking, dressing and cocaine compendium by the famous ecclesiastical London silversmith Blunt & Wray. Modelled as a miniature chest-of-drawers, with engraved decoration and set on four gemstone feet, the chest has two drawers for holding cigars, one for cigarettes and one houses a custom lighter. There are two felt-lined drawers (lipstick and a powder compact), another purely for storing the compact powder, and an empty drawer for additional storage.

The final ‘secret’ drawer- only accessed by means of a concealed opening mechanism- contains various items of cocaine apparatus, including a miniature silver-gilt storage canister, two snorting tubes, two spoons and two blades. English, hallmarked London, 1938.

Width: 6 inches (15½ cm).

Blunt & Wray was established in London in 1889 by Sidney Blunt & Frederick Dendy Wray, and were an established silversmiths and manufacturers to the Clergy. The firm ceased operating when it was purchased by silversmith and designer Anthony Elson in 1968.

Price Code: £££££

Reference: 6267

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