Late Victorian campaign shaving companion – £750 at Lockdales.

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It is hallmarked to the various elements for London 1901 and Drew & Sons – the Piccadilly firm best known today as a maker of luxury picnic sets but one that also sold military furniture and supplies.

This heavy gauge shaving pot weighing 23oz would probably have been used by an officer in the Boer War. It has a spirit heater to warm the water and a removable soap bowl which has drainage holes.

The form is also known in silver plate but this solid silver version took £750 at Lockdales (19.5% buyer’s premium) in Ipswich on October 26.