Sterling Silver Compendium by Blunt & Wray
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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.
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