A rare find! This is a large c.1830-60 sugar casket. Yes, they used to lock away the very precious luxury, sugar, to keep the servants from eating it. The precious commodity spawned an industry of stunning decorative glass boxes with locks, similar to this one. Many old French opaline boxes, some Bohemian glass ones - which brings us to this extra large beauty. The earliest of these sugar caskets were smaller. The late 1700s ones were about half the size of this later model. This one is actually the largest of the ruby-flashed Bohemian ones I've ever owned, and is a full 6.75" long, 4.5" tall and 3.25" front to back. A Czech glass art spectacular find, likely Moser.
Very good to excellent condition. Brass fitting, working lock (no key at listing, sorry) and the original side handles remain. I find no chips nor cracks nor hairlines, and the wheel engraved forest scenes with the stag and their antlers are fabulous on this one. Photos tell all. No chips, no cracks, no breaks. I should have polished the brass for you, and I'll do so before sending it out to the next owner.
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