This little piece is charming. All appears perfect.
The top is porcelain, decorated with garlands of pink roses, green leaves and ribbon bows of lilac shaded with pink. There are also tiny, tiny leaves in palest lilac that when you tilt the box are revealed as a shadow in the glaze. No idea how this was achieved, but its very pretty.
The mount for the porcelain and the sides of the box are gilded metal. The sides are an attractive basket weave.
The inside (both the body and base of the box, and the lid) is lined with a striped brocade, I judge it to be original to the box. The fabric is brocade in cream with pale blue pin stripes, tiny yellow squares and a stripe of pink rosebuds with green leaves.
The outside base is covered with the typical black/darkest green paper, some has been rubbed off with age. A round sticker has been put on the bottom (some time ago) #225 c1870. I have not tried to remove it as I consider it part of the history.
The mechanics of the box appear good, the hinge is in excellent condition, and the 'claws' that hold the porcelain are all fine and intact.
This would be wonderful to package for that 'special ring' or gift. A real keepsake in it's own right. Measured across the widest parts: 2 7/8" wide x 2 1/8" deep x 1 7/8" high. The odd measurements lead me to believe it's French and c1870
Item ID: BOX003
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