Gentleman’s Traveling Utensil and Drinking Kit – A utensil kit used by either a Gentleman or Officer of that time period. Popular for its compact size for use during travel.
A utensil kit used by either a Gentleman or Officer of that time period. Popular for its compact size for use during travel.
The kit is 6 ¼” tall, is made of wood, covered in green Moroccan leather accented with gilt. Two brass hook and eye closures are still mounted in place. The interior is finished with chamois. The interior contains a chamois covered cylinder, trimmed in red, that holds the utensils; Knife, Fork, and Spoon, with their screw-off handles, each engraved with the original owners initials, “JM.” A center cylinder, showing heavy patina, is a two section condiment container. There is one slot left open for another small knife blade that is missing from the set. Also missing is the glass tumbler that this chamois covered cylinder would have been placed in. I have come close several times to finding a fit, but leave that hunt to the next happy owner.
Overall condition is fine, with general wear to outer surface. The hooks and eyes, and the hinges are soundly in place. Some soiling to the interior chamois surface and the inner cylinder. There are two small punctures to the lower surface of the inner utensil cylinder. Very Pleasing travel kit. The period of manufacture Circa 1790s into the early 19th C.