This is a remarkable find, and I've been hoarding it a while with my best collection of intaglio art prints and 1700s drawings stored inside, but it's inventory, and that means we must offer it for sale. The size is remarkable. I saw a folio just like it in my favorite part of the Musée de l'Histoire de France (Hotel de Soublise), the room at the back filled with trunks, folios, old records books and cases like this one.. They noted it as being c. 1750 and that it was French made. A solicitor's or governor's case, it has a variety of pouches and baffled segments in the interior - for maps, battle plans, legal documents and more.
Very good to excellent for age and type. The cloth-bonded interior appears to have had little use. Gold embossed fine leather exterior has a couple of lines from bumps but nothing by way of tears or holes or serious deterioration, it's in remarkably fine condition for its age. We do not have a working key for it, however. The case will open to an impressive 6" depth with ease (larger, but I think it will stress the leather). Our photos show it well. Slight wear to leather at corners.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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