Trousse d'Voyage (Travel Case and Vanity)
P. SORMANI, 10 RUE CHARLOT. PARIS
The case and protective cover initialed R P H. Unusually large in green epi leather, ivory, bone, silver & steel; the gilt metal lock signed with the makers name & address under an arched handle, opening to an ivory paper knife/rule, wide-tooth comb & 3 brushes over a recessed folding stationery wallet with old papers; opposite a lift out board fitted with 8 glass jars all with sterling silver & gilt lids and a fine hinged gilt metal cigar lighter; the end sections with reserves holding 3-fold wallets set with a gentlemen’s grooming accoutrement including button hooks, Sormani scissors, cork screws, pen-knives, G Keller a Paris cut-throat razors, tweezers and a nail-file –one wallet a later replacement, the original in green leather with quilted green silk slip. No keys. The case retains its original hand stitched soft-sided protective cover. Possibly made for Hermes a Paris.
Paris, circa 1867-78
Length: 37 cm Height: 34 cm Width: 25 cm
Born in the Kingdom of Lombardy, Venice, in 1817, Sormani created regular and unusual items describing himself as "meubles de luxe", trading from his large premises at 114, rue du Temple and, from 1867, at 10, rue Charlot. The firm specialised in reproducing Louis XV and XVI items of the greatest quality, his contemporaries thought his output revealed une qualité d'exécution de tout premier ordre. Sormani’s accomplishments were recurrently exhibited and took prizes rewarded at the major international exhibitions of the 1860s On Paul Sormani's death in 1878 the business was taken over by his widow, Ursule-Marie-Philippine Bouvaist, and son, Paul-Charles, whereupon it became known as Veuve Paul Sormani & Fils. This allows a confidence to the above Valise prior to 1878.