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Gentleman's brown leather-covered wooden dressing case

2005.0005.0216.001

Gentleman's brown leather-covered wooden dressing case

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Physical description

Wooden gentleman's dressing case covered in leather with a decorative design on the lid and containing shaving and dressing implements. There is a metal key hole in the centre front and a metal handle recessed into the lid. Below the handle there is a paper label on which has been written by Bobbie Maple-Brown "Joplin dressing case". The upper section of the dressing case consists of a maroon coloured leather tray which can be lifted out. This contains five sections one of which is a red velvet pincushion and two others which are two further trays which when removed reveal compartments in the tray beneath. In the top left compartment of the main tray there is a small round jar with a metal stopper. In the compartment in front of this there is a glass jar and stopper containing a white powder. The next compartment holds a small round jar with a metal lid. On the right side of the main tray there is a compartment holding a long bottle with a metal lid. In the centre the top tray lifts out to reveal a compartment which has a badded based covered in a maroon fabric. The tray holds one round glass container with a metal lid and a rectangular glass container with a metal lid. This contains eight small tin type photographs [2005.0005.0216.001]. There are also two small wooden containers holding pencil leads. The lower tray has a leather lid with leather loops one of which holds a metal boot hook. The tray underneath is padded and lined with maroon fabric. Below this there are three further compartments two with metal bases and one with a wooden lining and lid with a ribbon handle. The lower compartment of the dressing case has two large sections divided by two narrow pockets one of which contains a wooden strop. In the top section there is a cardboard case holding a razor with a black handle; a bone or ivory shaving brush; a small bone or ivory backed hair brush; and a black comb. In the lower compartment there is a knife with a metal blade. There is also the leather cover for the compartment holding the bottle. The interior of the lid has a leather and gold decorative edged frame and red velvet lining. At the top there is a metal latch and leather handle. When opened the interior is lined with maroon leather and there is a frame for the mirror which is missing. There is a pocket behind the velvet lining which contains a black and white photograph with the title printed below it "NYMPHE POURSUIVIE PAR UN FAUNE / AD. Braun & Co.".

Statement of significance

The Springfield Collection comprises about 1550 artefacts from Springfield station, south of Goulburn. It includes colonial era costume, a bushranger medal, surveying instruments, a late-19th century landau, firearms and edged weapons, wool samples and Joseph Foveaux's pocket watch and bible. The objects are complemented by over 400 photographs. This diverse collection reflects the growth and economic success of the property, responses to changes in the wool market and the daily lives of the people who have lived on Springfield.

Springfield has grown from a 518-hectare land grant given to William Pitt Faithfull in 1828 to the current 3183 hectares with ownership remaining in the one family. William Pitt Faithfull established the Springfield Merino Stud in 1838 with ten rams selected from the Macarthur Camden Park stud. The stud evolved slowly over the years until the early 1950s when, under the management of Jim Maple-Brown, a scientific approach to wool-growing was adopted and the stud's name was changed to Fonthill to reflect this.

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