A Victorian Red Grained Morocco Leather Clad Documents box with an inset brass carrying handle, originally the property of the distinguished London stage actress & operatic Soprano, Fanny Bernard-Beere*, whose name is gold stamped in in the lid. The red leather lined interior has crossed leather storage straps in the lid. The Bramah lock and key are in good working order.
* Bernard Beere Fanny was born October 5, 1851 in King's Lynn, Norfolk, England. Fanny Mary also appears in "Women of History", but this time is referred to as an operatic soprano: "Beere, Fanny Mary – (1856 – 1915) British operatic soprano Born Frances Whitehead (Oct 5, 1856) in Norwich, Norfolk, she studied under Hermann Vezin. She made her stage debut at the Opera Comique in London (1877), and appeared as Emilia in Shakespeare’s Othello, as well as performing comic roles. She performed at the Haymarket Theatre and appeared in the role of Lady Teazle in the production of School for Scandal (1891) by Charles Wyndham, and appeared in Oscar Wilde’s play A Woman of No Importance in the role of Mrs Arbuthnot. Fanny Beere was married three times and died (March 25, 1915) aged fifty-eight." (from Wikipedia)
Width: 16 inches / 41 centimetres
Height: 5.5 inches / 14 centimetres
Depth: 10.5 inches / 27 centimetres