All the fittings remain inside, but the tools that would have been housed within this fine 19th century French boulle casket have been lost to the ages. But the box remains a treasure and might well prove to be a fine project as you add your own sewing favorites and collected pieces to the well preserved interior. Lift-out tray is usually gone from these old boxes, leaving little hope of refitting them with the sewing items, implements they were made for. The box is, itself, a treasure - well made, well preserved. Not a bit of the brass work or shell on top is lost to the ages, and the rich ebonized rosewood of the body of the box retains its fine appearance. A Napoleon III era treasure (c. 1840-70), no matter how you fill it (or don't) it's a fine collection piece.
Very good condition, just as you see it in our images. BTW, while people often believe these are made with faux faux faux shell, there is heated debate over that issue and most will tell you these boulle 'tortie' boxes are faux shell made with a casein or cassein resin-like material whose base is the proteins drawn from milk. I believe that helps to explain the surface crazing on the boulle, which is more prevalent than on our true faux faux faux shell items. We believe this is casein boulle.
Item ID: 308sewcskt