- Price Range: £10000-£25000
A late 19th century smokers compendium in the form of a London to Brighton “Comet” coach.
Cast in bronze and finely painted showing destinations and adverts for “White Horse Cellars Piccadilly” and “The Ship Hotel Brighton”.
The seats above the carriage open to reveal a space for cigars and is engraved “Thornhill & Co. 144 New Bond Street.” The two carriage lamps to the sides function as cigar cutters and the lamp at the front is a cigar lighter, the fuel being contained in a reservoir below. The luggage space at the back, sign written “London and Brighton” opens to reveal a match-safe and striker.
This novelty smoker’s compendium is a high quality model of Cowlard & Selby’s “Old Times” London-Brighton coach. It was retailed by Walter Thornhill & Co, based at 144 new Bond Street. Thornhills are listed in Kelly’s London Directory of 1890 as: “Cutlers, Silver-Smith, Dressing Case and Desk Makers; Specialities, Latest Novelties for Wedding Presents, etc. By Appointment to the Queen and their Royal Highnesses, The Prince and Princess of Wales.” They ceased trading around 1912.
17in x 5.5in x 6in high.