This is a beauty! It's from the French Period of the reign of Napoleon III, c. 1850-70s, and is ebonized wood typical in design for that era. Trimmed in bright brass roping, and also in metal studs and metal mesh ovals for striking matches, the tin-liner upright urn would have held tobacco for pipes, or perhaps even cheroots, though the interior bowl is a bit egg-shaped and tapers to the bottom center so more likely a bag of pipe tobacco tucked inside.
Very good condition for age and type. These items we offer are all antique and being so old, they are not pristine or perfect like new goods, which is also part of their charm and a good bit of their value isn't it. They have age! We have an excellent photographer and do our best to show you every angle so you can evaluate an item almost as you would in hand in a store. We also do our best to locate any flaws and note them in text, but on outside chance I've missed a tiny ding or nip, please do your review, too. I'm recovering from chemo, seem to have a little "chemo-brain" now and then this past few months - forgive me. I've made notations on one photo to show you the few flaws on this one. Still, a very wonderful one and you could certainly replace those 3 roundels with a decorative brass or gemstone ornament if you so choose. It's really impressive, tallish and a beautiful form, don't you agree?
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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