The copper,brass and silver inlay work of this case is exquisite. This beautiful treasure comes from Paris and dates from the Victorian era.
The front of this case is a true work of art. Copper and silver metal have been individually cut and inlaid into the most extensive of designs. Swirling arabesques and filigree with delicate flowers form two wide borders at the top and bottom of the front case. A central basket holds a bouquet of sunflowers, roses and forget-me-nots surrounded with leaves and buds. The flowers are individually cut and inlaid from very thin pieces of brass, copper and silver. Tiny pieces of colored enamel remain in the design adding pink accents to the flowers and the basket.
The back of the case has a small inlay design of brass and silver, which should hold the initials of the owner. The interior is of bright rose pink silk and has two pockets for holding money or cigarettes.
The tortoiseshell is simply luscious, with marbled tones of caramel, chocolate and amber. Metal rims with a clasp (which pushes to open and shut) give the case much sturdiness.
It survives in wonderfully sound condition. There is some slight loss to the very finest pieces of metal inlay as well as the tiny pieces of enamel. But the overall design remains intact and still brilliant after over 100 years. The silk interior is in very good condition with minimal wear. The clasp opens and shuts easily, it is in very useable condition. There are no visible cracks or missing pieces to the front tortoiseshell case, the back has a slight chip on the bottom left corner. It measures: 5 1/4" x 3 1/8" x 1/2". When opened it measures 6 3/4" across.
It is a fantastic piece, and would be wonderful used as a small purse to carry to elegant dinner parties. It would also make a fantastic desk display item in a home or business office, for holding business cards.
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