Travelling in style!


A set of ivory cutlery from Tanganyika (Tanzania) designed for use ‘on the road’ in the early 1920s. It was donated to the Royal Colonial Institute by Dr James Van Derwent, who was a member of the Society from 1922–25, whilst employed by the Colonial Medical Service at Songea. It comprises a mustard pot, egg cup, salt cellar, fork, spoon and small knife, as well as a lady’s card case, pen-holder and comb. The case contains a printed calling card, on which is hand-written ‘Am ready when you are free’, on one side and printed ‘Dr Jas. Van Derwent, Col[onial] Medical Service, Tanganyika Territory’ on the other.

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