The band tests 10k yellow gold, so there is a slight possibility this may not be French, but the old Billet Doux are a French staple of the 1700s, and existed to pass letters, communication between lovers, friends, businesses alike. The note was rolled and inserted, then delivered by courrier. Often associated with the romantic French love note, who knows what clandestine meetings and flirtations this one was privy to in its time. Some would tell you this is a bodkin case, or needles case, but while it could be used thus, this style and the 4.5" length suggest it is a billet doux instead. Literal translation "sweet note", the romance lingers.
Very good condition for age and type. This one is made of a composite material which has a few surface abrasions. The interior of the tube is lined in shell or horn, and the band that trims out this handsome and rather masculine version has tested as 10k yellow gold. Collect these? We have others to offer - just ask.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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