An exceptional antique French silver vermeil carnet de bal, complete with the dance book, all pages, the ring and chain attaching the ring to the book, the pencil and the original box. The decorative elements include cartouches on both front and back. The cartouche intended for engraved initials is blank. The other side boasts a charming floral bouquet. Each side bears guilloche engraved in multiple design panels, adding richness and depth to the carnet. The pages are nearly perfect; one page has a small break, corner portion missing. There is writing on the pages: "polkas", "waltzes"; this is hand written in pencil. Condition is very good. All silver parts are marked, including the little links of the the chain. The tete sanglier, French .800 silver guarantee, and the maker's mark for Albert Huber, active in Paris in 1809/ these are found on the ring and both sides of the carnet. The pencil is also bears guilloche engraving. The ring, engraved on either side, has a rectangular plaque for monogramming; this also without a monogram. As pure and perfect a delicate prize as you may find.
Dimensions: the carnet is 2" high, 1.5" wide, the chain 2.25" long and the ring .75" diameter. Combined weight is 18-20 grams, including the silver pencil. The pencil is 1 5/8" long. The box dimensions: 4 5/8" long, 2.5" wide and 1" thick.
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