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Antique Napoleon III French Sterling Pique Inlay Etui Case

Antique Napoleon III French Sterling Pique Inlay Etui Case Antique Napoleon III French Sterling Pique Inlay Etui Case
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Napoleon III French Pique Sterling Silver Inlay Etui Case, of the finest French artistry, made with panels of faux tortoise shell - a casein resin-like substance the French used to mimic tortoise shell. It is definitely not real tortoise shell. The material is steamed and formed to fit the open ormolu framework.  This is a rare beauty you will love to display!

The front of this case is a true work of art. Sterling silver metal has been individually hand cut and inlaid into the most extensive of designs. Lacey filigree form two borders at the top and bottom. The central cartouche {could be monogrammed} is surrounded by delicate flowers surrounded with leaves.

Inside, a lovely old fitted blue silk interior, and the little leather baffled sides that allow it to expand to hold sewing necessities for a lady's bag. This is a lovely and large example of a charming Palais Royal trinket of early 1800s for your collection! The case is elegant, pristine for its age and, and is fine in its value and appeal. These cases usually have cracks and never survive intact, this one has a few scratches, but that is all...has the casein faux tortoise shell in luscious colors of chocolate, caramel and amber gold. The clasp pushes to open and shut is sturdy. What a fabulous find! Display with objet d'Vertu, or use as a small purse for your money to an elegant dinner party. It would also make a wonderful case for business cards.

  • Measures 5-1/2" x 3" x 1/2".

 

$695.00
1 in stock
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