Ladies Companion - Most of the late 19th century ladies companions that we see today are made of leather
and they look like a book. Those are fairly common. But this ladies companion is way more beautiful and
way more rare than they are. The lovely cobalt blue case looks very much like enamel. I'm not sure what it is
actually made of but it is very beautiful. The gilt swirls and flourishes on the sides and top of the case, and the gilt fittings are gorgeous.
Inside this wonderful case are a mirror, a scent bottle, a natural shell comb, a gilt thimble and scissors, an ivory
toothpick/earspoon. an ivory stiletto and a steel bodkin. In addition, inside the 'hidden compartment' under
the pincushion, there is a waxer and a reel with two broken ends. On the back of the mirror is a board which could be written on in pencil (like an aide memoire).
The ivory pieces and the steel bodkin may or may not be replacements, but I think all of the other pieces are
original to the set. The only condition issues that I can see in addition to the broken reel are that the paper
lining under the thimble has worn away and the button closure does not click shut. These are all minor issues
so the set is in good condition.