A beautiful Moritz Madler of Leipzig salesman's sample case from late 1800's. This one is branded for WJ Bush and Co Ltd of London, who were purveyors of flavourings, tinctures and essences.
W.J. Bush & Co. was founded by William John Bush in 1851. Mr Bush acquired a small factory in London and undertook the steam distillation of herbs, spices, and woods and the preparation of tinctures and essences. The company is credited with being England's first maker of flavorings and essences. By 1880 the business had moved to Ash Grove where W.J. Bush's Grove chemical works were located. Over the years, W.J. Bush produced flavorings for foods, essential oils and perfume.
This case has a quality green velvet lining, chosen to protect the sample bottles during transit. There have been a couple of spills which have stained the velvet a little but, as always, we love the flavour of the past this gives the case. It is a very high quality case - the brass lock and fixtures are all stamped with the Moritz Madler name. The front opens completely to reveal the samples that were once demonstrated. There is significant wear on one side of the handle as shown in pics. This case must have been carried in the same way for years and years!