I've just listed several of these fine 1700s French leather folios, things I've found over the years and held onto because of their relative rarity. My favorite part of the Musée de l'Histoire de France (Hotel de Soublise), is the room at the back filled with trunks, folios, old records books and cases like this one. I found out mine is a little newer than I'd thought originally, and is late 1700s to mid-1800. Used between the time of King Louis XVI and Napoleon III era, the design and quality varied little. As with many fine quality goods trades in France, the valise is the same as those made in 1700s and likely made by the same family. This one is sectioned with flaps inside, tabbed with the months of the year. Also has a pouch divided by denominations, for money, bank notes. A bit more worn than the others in my collection, it is an early one and rich with history - if only we could withdraw its story from it.
Good to very good for age and type. This one has been used. The gold embossment says "Marisol, Notaire", so we know it was the folio of a notary named Marisol. Not enough to go on for research, however. Folds and corners of leather show wear, as does the general exterior. Interior is in nicer condition, leather still supple. Stringed accordion pleats in the 1700s style, and bonded oilcloth-like interior in very good condition. Lock but we do not have a key for this one at listing time.
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