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Large 14.75" Antique French Hand Carved Jewelry Chest, Box, with Hidden Drawer
Most certainly a one-of-a-kind jewelry chest, made with love and exceptionally talented artisan crafting, carved and made of wood and personalized further with a sterling silver monogram mounted on the lid. The box is large at nearly 15" widest, and is heavy and solid. A cabinetry masterpiece, it has the added fun of a hidden drawer. There is one spot on the interior bottom lining where you push to depress the spring-loaded latch for the drawer built into the base of the box. It pops open with vigor, and is hidden smoothly in the design and creation, work of the box. The interior lining is the old original, (no odor or stain) and does show some age. The lid has a lovely old hand painted mirror that is clear and usable (our photographer blurred out his own image in it, but it's nicely preserved). We'd put a date on this elegant chest of about 1870-1910, give or take a few years. I'd tend to think earlier rather than later. Isn't it fabulous! Perhaps a bride's gift in its time.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, the work is truly fabulous on this ornately shaped large box. No chips, no cracks, no damage to note. The silver monogram up top is large and finely crafted, also, and is the single letter "R". The lock does work and has the original key still with the casket which is also rather rare. No warp, no losses to disclose. And while the silk moire lined interior is old and original, it bears no stains nor odors to diminish your pleasure in owning and using the box. Look at our photos to see all the measurements. Very nicely carved, indeed. I do not know what type of wood it is, but it is rather light in color. Perhaps a light walnut?
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San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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