1766 British Nécessaire at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London - Curators' comments: "A nécessaire was a luxury object designed to hold a whole range of necessary scent bottles and cosmetic and writing implements for use by a woman of fashion. The contents include five bottles with stoppers, a pencil and an ivory writing tablet, scissors, a mirror, a comb, a brush, toothpicks, a tongue scraper, a bodkin combined with a spoon for ear wax, and a file combined with a pair of tweezers."
1670-1680 English Manicure set at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London - From the curators' comments: "It is unclear what each tool was used for, but they may include an earspoon for removing ear wax, a tongue scraper, a tool for cleaning dirt from under fingernails and a toothpick or cuticle pusher."
Travelling Set with Glass Beaker In Case, Samuel Bardet 1777/79, German (Augsburg) Gilt silver, steel, and glass;dyed and gold-tooled leather, velvet. Containing cutlery (serving fork and spoon, carving fork and knife, and a marrow spoon), a spice box, an egg cup, & a covered beaker, such luxury traveling sets in protective leather cases were a staple of Augsburg silversmiths. The beaker is engraved with a hunter & a huntress, suggesting this traveling set was intended for the hunting…
A fantastic and large coromandel ladies dressing case by Jenner & Knewstub, still retaining its original brown leather carrying case with the initials MIB, inside is a beautifully veneered case in coromandel which is brass bound and inlaid with recessed brass side carrying handles, opening the lid reveals a purple velvet lined interior with fifteen silver gilt cut glass bottles and containers