An unusual mahogany, rosewood-crossbanded and brass-bound box, possibly for a dentist, second quarter 19th century Bearing brass flush plaque to lid reading 'William Head Dowson Esqr. Greystoke'
Lot 706
An unusual mahogany, rosewood-crossbanded and brass-bound box, possibly for a dentist, second quarter 19th century Bearing brass flush plaque to lid reading 'William Head Dowson Esqr. Greystoke'
£300 - 500
US$ 500 - 830
Auction Details
The Chester Sale Chester
6 Dec 2012 11:00 GMT

Auction 20172
An unusual mahogany, rosewood-crossbanded and brass-bound box, possibly for a dentist, second quarter 19th century Bearing brass flush plaque to lid reading 'William Head Dowson Esqr. Greystoke' An unusual mahogany, rosewood-crossbanded and brass-bound box, possibly for a dentist, second quarter 19th century Bearing brass flush plaque to lid reading 'William Head Dowson Esqr. Greystoke'
Lot Details
An unusual mahogany, rosewood-crossbanded and brass-bound box, possibly for a dentist, second quarter 19th century
Bearing brass flush plaque to lid reading 'William Head Dowson Esqr. Greystoke'
The body of the box unusually unfitted, but the crossbanded and brass-strung hinged lid fitted to the underside with a mirror plate between two shallow trays, removing to reveal a variety of divisions, all of mahogany, including a removable tray fitted with ivory-handled steel picks and scrapers, with handles marked 'CLULEY', together with two removable trays for scissors etc., one lined with red leather, the other with green baize (all of the instruments lacking), and various other divisions and compartments, one with a small circular steel lidded box, with brass straps to the corners and angles, 39cm wide x 21.5cm deep x 46cm high, (15" wide x 8" deep x 18" high)

Footnotes

  • A plaque in Greystoke Church reads:

    'Sacred to the Memory of John Dowson, Gent., late of this parish, who died October 24th, 1777, aged 75. And of Anne his wife, who died March 6th, 1797, aged 79. Also of their eldest son William Dowson, D.D., Principal of St. Edmund Hall in the University of Oxford, who died January 9th, 1800, aged 51...'

    Another tablet in the same church reads:

    'Also the remains of their youngest son Thomas Head Dowson, of Greystoke, B.D., and rector of Langston in the county of Monmouth, who died October 17, 1830, aged 78.'

    It is probable that the William Head Dowson whose name is on this box was related in some way to the people commemorated in these plaques.

    A William Head Dowson of Lattendales, Greystoke is recorded as marrying Jane Irving on 26th February 1835, and dying on 21st December 1842.

    The History and Antiquities of Carlisle (1838) notes on p. 421, that 'William Head Dowson, Esq., of Greystock, the current representative of his family' had come into possession of Erasmus Head M.A. (b. 1711) one-time chaplain to the Bishop of Carlisle.

    A William Scott Dowson, M.A. of Trinity College, Cambridge is recalled as entering the Inner Temple in 1864 and being called to the bar in 1869. He is recorded as being born in 1841, the second son of William Head Dowson of Greystoke of Cumberland.

    A cupping set with instruments marked 'Cluley' sold Christie's, 6th November 1996, Lot 639.
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