hook, boot
hook, boot

hook, boot

Object

Accession Number
2009.003.001.008
Description
Part of an assembled 13-piece dresser set, this sterling silver-handled steel boot hook has a cartouche on both sides of the handle, the front cartouche monogrammed "LMD" (for Laura Miller Dunsmuir) in engraved scrolling font, the remaining portions of the handle with ornate repousseed and embossed scrolled acanthus and floral decoration.
Narrative
This boot hook is part of a fine 13-piece silver dresser set assembled and owned by Laura Miller Dunsmuir (nee Surles). The set is unusually large and of very high quality. A Canadian woman of Mrs. Dunsmuir's wealth and social status during the Victorian and Edwardian eras would typically have had a dresser set similar to this one.
History of Use
This boothook is part of a fine 13-piece silver dresser set assembled and owned by Laura Miller Dunsmuir (nee Surles). She used it at her house Burleith, at Government House while her husband James served as Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, and at her residence Hatley Park. After her death, it was passed down through her descendents until acquired by The Castle Society.
Date
1900 – 1910
Dimensions
23 cm x 2.5 cm
Material
Metal, silver; Metal, steel
Technique
Engraved; Embossed; Repoussed
School/Style
rococo revival
Inscription
engraved LMD (for Laura Miller Dunsmuir); stamped STERLING 476 

Related person/business/organization
Laura Miller Dunsmuir (nee Surles) (owner)
Related Associations
Burleith (was used in)
Government House (Victoria, B.C.) (was used in)
Hatley Park (was used in)