Truly an exceptional box, this would have been a sugar casket in its early 1800s origin, and would have had one more section of brass framework around that bottom to lift it a bit off the table top, and a key to lock up the valuable early sugar it was made to hold. C. 1830-60 for this one, it is a Bohemian crystal work of art with applied gold through which wheel engraved architectural views of 5 favorite Grand Tour destinations can be seen. The cobalt blue overlay glass adds to the beauty, as does the cutaway ornamentation of the lid, and the hand painted floral and dot accents. The casket shows beautifully even without the ball-footed bottom frame fitting, as you can see. Most wouldn't even realize there had ever been one more piece of framework to this one. But in fact, I'm certain there once was.
Very good to excellent condition without any chips nor cracks in all of that hand made crystal, glass nor much loss at all to the overlay of gold. A few rubs. Delightful surface engraving of dots give the box a feel of it snowing. See what I mean? The box is good sized at 4.25" x 3" and is 3.75" tall as it stands. Side handles are both in place, work as if hinged. The lock appears to be a working lock, but we do not have a key to fit it at listing time. I've run my fingertip all over the edges and there isn't a single tiny nip on any of that surface or edges. A real beauty! Most likely Moser, though no actual signature.
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