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Fine Silk Covered Antique French Confectioner's Chocolate Box, Casket, Rebattet, St. Honore, PARIS
A rather unique 19th century jewelry box, originally sold as a chocolatiere's confectionary box, which would have been filled with chocolate confections. The confiseur's stamp still remains inside, so we know this one was from a very fine address on Reu du St. Honore (a' la Hermes, etc. etc.) and that the shop's name was "Rebattet", likely a family business under that name, as most were. A paper lined interior is typical of the souvenir caskets like this made for delivery of emid 1800s bonbons, the box meant to be kept as longer lasting token of the gift and giver's affection. These old chocolates boxes are rather rare to find these days as many did not survive. The earlier smaller ones are usually round, glass-topped and with painted scenes on the glass. This would be one from c.1850-1870s, perhaps even 1880s, (Napoleon III era, we believe).
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, the box is made like the chocolatiere's confections presentation boxes of the early 1800s, into which layers of bonbons in their paper wraps would have been housed on disposable lift-out trays. The French tradition was to have fabulous boxes for the equally rare and fabulous early chocolate confections, rare as they were, and the box would be the souvenir left over after the chocolate bonbons were consumed, a reminder of gift and giver. This one has no damage and is very nicely preserved.
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Susan Dean, San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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