Lovely Antique Victorian or Napoleon III era pocket watch display casket, a burled or figured box with unique steel 'strapping', ornate reticulated cartouche with monogram, inner retailer label and wonderful condition! This one even has a paper maker or retailer label on the inside under the watch holder, it reads "Romain & Palyart, Papeterie Des Panoramas, Paris". A place for everything, and everything gloriously in its place - and no excess is too much; that seems to have been the rule of the day. And the day was 1840-70s Napoleon III era, France, the birthplace and time for this superb pocket watch box, casket. Entirely made in fine old box wood, then veneered in what looks like figured maple perhaps and trimmed out with steel corner straps and monogrammed cartouche! The inside has a hinged tray to hold a pocket watch or pendant and is great to display on desk or writing table top. Perfect to show off a treasured or heirloom pocket watch or pendant! A fine example of the era, aesthetic, and immense allure these old pieces represent. Wildly popular in France and abroad, these glorious old cabinetry pieces proliferated in Napoleon III era France, and we reap the benefit of their popularity and appeal still today in those that survive. One of four fabulous old pocket watch caskets that we're adding this week so, be sure to browse some while you're with us. Thanks!
While on the subject of fine antique boxes, by the way, I MUST mention to you a fabulous newly published reference book by our friend and customer, Genevieve Cummins of Australia. Over the past several years, Genevieve has been working on a masterpiece of a book, which we've just recently received copies of. It's SUPERB! We're pleased to see our own shop noted in many of the pages, and to revisit so many exceptional antique boxes we've had over the years. Some of you who buy antique boxes from us might well see your own in there, as we did share our images often with Genevieve. Be sure to order it. The title is: "ANTIQUE BOXES, Inside and Out". Hot off the presses, it's got 429 delicious pages of boxes.
Very good condition. There is a slight crack or separation at the front left corner and some visible rust and/or corrosion to the steel accents. The inner watch tray would have had a spring underneath that pushes it up for display but the spring portion is missing. The interior of the lid is also lined in what looks like walnut veneer, likely not original as they normally had matching colored fabric lining there. See pictures for measurements.