A dressing case with tops

This was a small flat container about the size of a modern brief case in which a lady would transport her articles de toilette when traveling. It would be a very expensive and up-market affair. There would be a hand mirror in a silver frame and various cut-glass bottles with screw tops of silver (gold of course, if you found solid silver too vulgar). It tells us nothing about her habits en toilette but it does tell us lots about the men she knew, and how well she knew them. Eliza was a calculating minx (254).