A chance to secure a ducal necessaire

Aclue to the mindset of one Augustus FitzGerald, circa 1815, lies in the contents of his gentleman's travel necessaire.

13th April, 2013
One of 18 lithographs showing Tsarist officers' uniforms circa 1850 ($5,000-$7,000).

Aclue to the mindset of one Augustus FitzGerald, circa 1815, lies in the contents of his gentleman's travel necessaire.

In use through the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, the necessaire was a small case or box holding the items needed by a lady or gentleman to get through the day with regard to (in no particular order) personal hygiene, care of one's wardrobe, eating, drinking, writing, measuring, plus of course that essential in alien territory -...

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