The reproduction arsedine – procured from Optimum Brasses in Devon – is copied directly from eighteenth-century examples and cast in period-correct brass alloy.
The paper lining necessitated the underside of the lid to be unobstructed, so I shortened the pommel threads significantly and recessed the pommel nuts into the lid. The nuts were slotted so they could be tightened with a forked screwdriver once within the recesses.
I tidied up the brasses; filing off casting flashes and smoothing away grinding marks before buffing and colouring them.
After polishing the exterior of the caddy, I attached the handle to the lid and plugged the nut recesses.
The lid was attached to the box with a pair of small brass stop-hinges and the escutcheon was pinned to the front of the caddy.
I made a couple of sheets of combed marbled paper – a popular pattern during the eighteenth-century – and lined the caddy with it using traditional paste made from flour and water.