Necessaire

A cabinet that open at the top containing silver objects. There is a handle missing from the front.

Silver and shagreen (sharkskin), 1750-60

Made to look like a miniature chest of drawers when shut, but only the bottom drawer is real. A necessaire is a miniature dressing-case. The tools include scent bottles, cosmetic spoons, mirror, scissors, thimble, ruler and penknife. It is covered in shark skin (or shagreen). It is called a necessaire because it hold all the necessary items for personal grooming.

Given by Joseph Mayer, 1867.