These always sell fast! This one is pristine as they come, without a single panel of the natural banded agate cracked or broken, chipped. No flaws to note - even all the 4 round marble bun feet are without any chips. Dore bronze ormolu framework is without damage other than a little natural patina of age. One of the finest we've had, ever! We've seen these old agate specimen boxes listed as being French, Russian and Austrian. There does seem to be a lot of misunderstanding about them. The Germans say these are from the agate-rich area Idar - Oberstein, and that they are 19th century Grand Tour and science or "curiosity Cabinet" items that were immensely popular and are entirely hand crafted. We know they've got massive visual appeal, and are thin hand-sawn and polished natural stone showing the light so beautifully through them, they rise to almost gem-like objects of jewelry. This one is set with pristine panels of banded agate, all 9 stones in superb condition Some say this smaller to medium size was sold as a snuff box, but most agree they were meant to be objects of art, admiration and of nature. We have several in stock, including the rich amber-colored banded agate that is my favorite. Be sure to search for them all, each sold separately. We have them from very small to oversized, and a tabletop collection of them is magnificent.
Very good to excellent condition. Always a hit - no damage at all on this one. The original beveled panels of natural banded agate and banded agate carved ball feet are all without chips or cracks. Size is noted directly on our images. Take a look!
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Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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