This tin is special because it was a made as a commemorative , depicting important events in the life of Napoleon and his young son.
The lid portrays "l'Aiglon" or the little eagle, which was the nickname for Napoleon's son. He died at the age of 21 and the scene commemorates his last act of Baptism. The front panel depicts "l'Aiglon" playing with an army of toy soldiers. The right panel bears a portrait of the boy. The left panel bears a portrait of Napoleon. The back panel portrays a scene from the battle field of Wagram.
There are cartouches with central eagles at each corner of the box (the symbol of the Emperor).
The colors remain bright and fresh, with slight loss on each side from over 100 years of use. The original hinges are intact and working. There is a little metal latch which is original and in working condition. The tin is in solid and usable condition. It measures: 8" x 4 1/2" x 3 1/2" tall.
This would be a handsome accent in an office amongst old books and papers.
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