case, eating utensil
case, eating utensil
case, eating utensil

case, eating utensil

Object

Accession Number
2017.001.001.001
Description
Plain oak case with brass shield shaped plate embedded in the centre of the lid. Key hole at the front probably once had a matching brass piece, but this is missing. Lined with green crushed velvet. Interior has slots for the forks on the lid, with a flap that holds them in place. Slots for knives are raised off the bottom of the case allowing for additional storage underneath.
Narrative
This desert set with oak case was first owned and used by Dunsmuir descendant John William Bryden (1869-1953) and his wife Ellen Gertrude Tarbell (1882-1964) and was passed down through the family until it was acquired by The Castle Society. This high-quality set was added to the museum’s collection to aid in the presentation of the Dunsmuir-era at Craigdarroch.
 
History of Use
This desert set with oak case was first owned and used by Dunsmuir descendant John William Bryden (1869-1953) and his wife Ellen Gertrude Tarbell (1882-1964). They used it at their Oak Bay B.C. residence at 899 Transit Road and subsequently at their waterfront house in Royston, Vancouver Island (near Cumberland and Courtenay). It was then inherited by their son Gerald Robert Bryden (1913-1992) of Royston, and then by his daughter in Campbell River, from whom it was acquired by The Castle Society.
Date
circa 1896
Dimensions
4.5 cm x 30.5 cm x 24 cm
Material
Wood, oak; Fabric, silk, velvet
Technique
Quarter-sawn; Varnished