The whole of the stretchers including the blades are solid silver and the handles have been gilded.
Marks on the inside of the handle are for Gorham, STERLING patent 1885 an all-silver STERLING buttonhook by American maker Dominick & Haff who like his contemporary George W Scheibler specialised in all-silver construction button hooks..
Preparing your own surfaces to paint on provides the opportunity for you to create a working surface that meets your own requirements. Too often, however, an artist’s impatience, lack of money, and incomplete understanding of the role of a properly prepared painting surface results in a painting that eventually requires major conservation or simply self-destructs.
The unfortunate reality is that the preparation of a proper painting surface is too often the last consideration that a painter makes.
The interior is lined with black felt and is tagged “Alfred Dunhill of London” “London, New York, Paris”. The ebony is book matched on the drawer fronts, horizontal on the sides, back and top.
The humidor is 12 1/2” wide 10 5/8” deep and 5 3/4” tall. The desk has four drawers with chrome pulls and four finished cubby holes for papers. It has been refinished in high gloss clear lacquer and is in excellent condition.
A stretched support is a material, such as canvas, stretched over a frame or panel.
The makers mark & assay marks are "rubbed" but this design is recorded in the BHS Compendium ref Nr 40/0093 in 1904 a pair of silver-gilt glove stretchers by Gorham Mfg Co of Providence, Rhode Island USA.
It is particularly heavy quality by Levi & Salaman, established in 1873 at 143 Newhall Street, Birmingham.
and hallmarked for Birmingham 1894 a folding silver combination buttonhook/shoehorn by Cohen & Charles, established in 1890 at Thavies Inn, Holborn, London EC1 This company was an importer and the item bears the import & PATENT mark for LONDON 1929 Reynolds was commissioned to paint the portrait of a 5 year old girl, Lady Frances Gordon, the daughter from an aristocratic family in 1786.
The painting, in cherubic style, became known as Reynolds Angels & was this classic Art Nouveau designed button hook is from the Danish silversmith Carl M Cohr who was a contemporary of Georg Jensen in the early 1900's .
ATLA was a trade name for silver plate produced by Cohr a George V figural silver handled golf club by Adie & Lovekin, established in 1879 at Regent Street, Birmingham.