W: 4cm (1.6")H: 11cm (4.3")D: 2cm (0.8")
Unusual repousse etui, the cobalt-ground decorated with white bianco-sopra-bianco decoration and raised gilding. The front has a hand-painted vignette of a lady wearing a hat and pink dress, the lid with a pair of love-birds in a nest. The reverse has a white-ground vignette of polychrome flowers and above it a child holding a beacon of fire. The copper-gilt mounts hinge open to reveal the interior's contents: scissors, combined tweezers and stiletto, ivory writing tablet, silver gilt handle which screws into the steel knife blades and fork. Inside the handle sits a nutmeg grater and corkscrew. Bilston C1770.