The unusual shape of this silver plated pot belies its purpose for shaving with the large spout made to dip a shaving brush.
The pot has a spirit heater to warm the water which packs inside the pot for travel. There is also a removable soap bowl which has drainage holes around its edge. The pot has a leather case which is stamped with the owner's initials of C.H.C. In gilt to the inside of the lid is stamped To Her Majesty The Queen. Drew & Sons, 33. 35-37 Piccadilly Circus W. The inside of the lid of the pot is stamped Drew & Sons, Piccadilly Circus, London. Drew were established in 1844 and the quality of this pot is as good as you would expect of a company with Drew's reputation. There were foremost known for their high end leather goods and picnic sets, however on their second floor they also sold Military Furniture and Campaigning Equipments. Circa 1900.
Drew & Sons noted on their letterhead that they were established in 1844.
Like many 19th century campaign furniture makers, they started out as luggage and travel good makers adding portable furniture to their range of goods as the demand became apparent. They were foremost known for their high end leather goods and picnic sets, however the whole of their second floor at Piccadilly Circus was given over to Military Furniture and Campaigning Equipments. They also made a point of stating on their paperwork that they made all their own goods and to the highest quality. The Drew items we have seen testify to this and indeed they enjoyed the patronage of Queen Victoria, the Royal Family and most of the Courts of Europe.
Their main address was 33, 35-37 Piccadilly Circus but they also had premises at 155 Leadenhall Street, London and 42 Kings Road, Brighton. Their manufactories were located at Burlington Buildings, Heddon Street and at Hatton Gardens, London.