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NATHANIEL MILLS. A very rare 'fan' Aide Memoire made in Birmingham in 1851 by Nathaniel Mills.


This rare Aide Memoire was unusually made by the finest Birmingham Box maker of the period, this being Nathaniel Mills. Unusually it opens up, once the clasp is unfastened, to reveal a fan of ivory pages, on which notes could be written. The front is most unusually engraved with a walkway over a stretch of water, with sailing and rowing boats, people in period costume and a mountain range in the background. This is the first time we have seen this unusual scene. The reverse is engraved with pluming scrolls around a central cartouche engraved with a set of contemporary initials. This example is most unusual and displays its original engine turned pencil and suspensory chain. The Aide Memoire is in excellent condition and is very well marked.

Length: 2.5 inches, 6.25cm.

Width: 1.3 inches, 3.25cm