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Fine French Gentleman's Cased Silver, Glass and Mahogany Necessaire de Voyage

second quarter 20th century, Paris, by Andre & Lucien Tissot-Dupont, first standard (.950) silver, including a talc bottle, a toothbrush case, two cologne bottles, a pomade jar, a deodorant tube, a toothpaste tube, three mahogany brushes, and a bookfold case fitted with mahogany-handled shoehorn, cuticle pusher, nail file and buttonhook, and leather-handled corkscrew and two comb cases, the glass elements with engraved threaded panels, the lids with engraved, the wooden elements with inlaid monogram "EU", all presented in a drop-front brown pigskin fitted case with three trinkets boxes and a razor case, complete with the original canvas cover with embossed leather panel monogrammed "EU".
case h. 8-1/2", w. 13-1/2", d. 4-1/2"; 9.25 total t. oz. (weighable silver)

Provenance: The Collection of Adam Lippes.

Notes: Simon Tissot-Dupont founded his leather case workshop in 1872, after his earlier carriage-making enterprise was destroyed in a fire. His briefcases were the favorites of businessmen and diplomats, and in 1884 he became a supplier for the famous Grands Magasins du Louvre. He retired in 1919 and was succeeded by his sons Andre and Lucien Tissot-Dupont. They oversaw a staff of over 250 leather workers, silversmiths, woodworkers, engravers, lacquerers, glass makers and locksmiths to produce trunks, luggage and travel cases for the wealthy elite. In 1929, Lucien Tissot-Dupont traveled to New York, where he was engaged by Cartier to supply cases for their 5th Avenue shop. His visit was marred by the stock market crash and the advent of the Great Depression. Undeterred - and quite boldly - Lucien decided to move farther upscale and cater exclusively to those unaffected by the crash. (He is quoted as saying: "Make it more beautiful. Make it expensive. Make it innovative.") Clientele of Les Fils de S.T. Dupont included the Princess (later Queen) Elizabeth, Aga Khan III, Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn. In 1941, he designed a pocket petrol lighter for a travel case for the Maharajah of Patiala, which was perfected and patented in 1952: the Ligne 1 was a spectacular success, supplied to Dunhill, Cartier, Hermes and others. Their famous luxury pen was designed specifically for Jackie Kennedy to accompany their Ligne 1 lighter. The company, still a premier producer of leather goods, lighters and pens, will celebrate their 150th anniversary in 2022.

    Provenance:
  • The Collection of Adam Lippes.
  • Dimensions:
  • case h. 8-1/2", w. 13-1/2", d. 4-1/2"; 9.25 total t. oz. (weighable silver)
  • Notes:
  • Simon Tissot-Dupont founded his leather case workshop in 1872, after his earlier carriage-making enterprise was destroyed in a fire. His briefcases were the favorites of businessmen and diplomats, and in 1884 he became a supplier for the famous Grands Magasins du Louvre. He retired in 1919 and was succeeded by his sons Andre and Lucien Tissot-Dupont. They oversaw a staff of over 250 leather workers, silversmiths, woodworkers, engravers, lacquerers, glass makers and locksmiths to produce trunks, luggage and travel cases for the wealthy elite. In 1929, Lucien Tissot-Dupont traveled to New York, where he was engaged by Cartier to supply cases for their 5th Avenue shop. His visit was marred by the stock market crash and the advent of the Great Depression. Undeterred - and quite boldly - Lucien decided to move farther upscale and cater exclusively to those unaffected by the crash. (He is quoted as saying: "Make it more beautiful. Make it expensive. Make it innovative.") Clientele of Les Fils de S.T. Dupont included the Princess (later Queen) Elizabeth, Aga Khan III, Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn. In 1941, he designed a pocket petrol lighter for a travel case for the Maharajah of Patiala, which was perfected and patented in 1952: the Ligne 1 was a spectacular success, supplied to Dunhill, Cartier, Hermes and others. Their famous luxury pen was designed specifically for Jackie Kennedy to accompany their Ligne 1 lighter. The company, still a premier producer of leather goods, lighters and pens, will celebrate their 150th anniversary in 2022.

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