Terrific Early 20th Century Table Top Display Case
A very well made, good quality piece of kit – all in all a good sized table top display case which would look great in most locations.
All of the glass on five sides is in very good order, no chips or cracks, the sliding front door is working perfectly by the means of a metal clip (picture 12). The wood could be mahogany, but we're not 100% sure but again it's in fine order showing just the right amount of wear.
Maker, Philip Harris of Birmingham of Philip Harris Ltd, a British laboratory supply company with a long history. In its heyday the company was known to all science teachers across the UK (and many world-wide) as one of the two "first-call" suppliers for the peculiar needs of school science.
The company was originally based in Digbeth, Birmingham and was started by Thomas Ellis, a surgeon, in 1817. At the time Philip Harris would have been only 15 or 16 years old, and he joined Ellis in 1825.
Whilst taking photos you start to realise what a very well made item it is from the small metal clip which holds the glass into place whilst lifting the door to the joints on the frame, a pleasing little case waiting for its keeper.
We purchased the display case in Worcestershire after a pretty useless and unproductive morning, but it certainly made the journey back on the dreaded M6 a little more palatable!