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Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum

Set, Toilet


Accession number: 1979.06.01 a-e
Date: after July 12 1892
Materials: Wood
Marks/Label: Embossed on brush and mirror handles: Pat. July 12th 1892/S (in diamond motif)
Patent: Pat. July 12th 1892
Narrative: Toiletry case made to hold the various pieces of a women's toilet.
Description: Dresser set consisting of vanity case, mirror, nail buffer and small cosmetic jar. A brush that came with the artifact now appears to be missing. A) Rectangular, hollow box with flared base attached. Back and two ends are stationary—top flips up from hinges at back, front opens downward from hinges at bottom. Box is covered in paper (over fine wood), yellowish tan in color, gold designs and colored flowers. Picture on front of barn and bridge over a river. Inside it is lined with cloth over fittings designed to hold each of the individual toiltetry items. B) Brush. Missing. C) Small hand mirror. Oval mirror surface with handle. Abstract floral motif on front and back of handle, with evidence of gold paint now largely worn off (especially in front). Back of mirrror continues same pattern as on handle, only larger, and with a small, pink-tinged rosebud near the intersection of the handle and mirror back. D) Nail buffer. Long, narrow oval shape with soft material stretched over one side for buffing and a raised, almond-shaped handle on the other. Ivory colored with a thin decorative rope running along the edge of the buffing material. E) Small cylindrical cosmetic jar consisting of base and lid. Lid has a large piece missing and is embossed with an abstract raised seashell/floral pattern contained within a circular medallion. Fits snugly onto plain base.