DIAMOND & SAPPHIRE 18TH CENTURY PATCH BOX. 14 Karat Yellow Gold Patch Box with detachable 14 Karat Gold finger chain - often mistaken for a pill or powder box (a patch box has a distance mirror in the lid). Patch Boxes were essential in the 18th Century during the reign of Louis XV. Popular among fashionable women (and men), they held gummed taffeta patches (dots resembling beauty marks) to emphasize whiteness of skin or beauty when applied. Meant to be held in the palm secured by the finger chain, they were also worn dangling from a chatelaine.
Patch Box has two .10 carat brilliant cut European Diamonds and one 1/5 carat Burmese Sapphire. Chain hangs 4-1/4" long, Box is 1-1/4" wide for a total length of 5-1/2". Weighs 18.8 grams. Cartouche is blank - waiting for your monogram.
Excellent Vintage Condition with very slight wear on back.
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