Antique French sewing box, no longer with its lift-out tray of sewing implements, now a jewelry or table box. This one is gorgeous, isn't it! We wish these always came with their fitted tray loaded with c.1780-1810 sewing implements (often in 18k gold), as it would have originally done, but even the box on its own is splendid and a valuable antique. Look at all of that handworked cut steel pin pique. This is a favorite of mine and has had its own share of time on my box table. French made, lemonwood for it's lovely lighter color to show off the steel work and handle. There's an inlay of mother of pearl up top that might have been monogrammed, though this one is not. Matching escutcheon of mother of pearl around the keyhole. The lock appears to be a working lock, but we do not have a key to fit this one at listing time. Should we be able to match one, we'll annotate listing text and raise our price a bit. Mirror still inside the lid, original. Chenille around it, also original. Raised on original brass bun feet, too.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. Usually one this old will have much more loss to the pique work, losses or chips to the old wood, totally gutted interior and broken mirror. This one is still quite lovely and perfect to use as a jewelry box, now that it no longer has its original sewing items and tray. Photos show it well. Box is petite at 7.25" long, 2.75" front to back and 2.5" tall when closed (handle down). Handle hinges up, though my photographer missed showing you how lovely it is with the handle upward.
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Antique c.1700s French Sewing Box, Lemonwood and Cut Steel Pique Work, MOP
$236 $295 SALE