A fine example of the reason we're always drawn to these elegant antique French cabinet maker's boxes, this fine old Napoleon III (1840-70s) document box or gentleman's glove box is as beautifully appointed as they come, and preserved remarkably well through the generations. The interior of a gentleman's box is often finished in the fine wood grain as you see done in this box, as opposed to a lady's box which would usually have a thickly padded and silk-lined interior. The size/shape suggests it was either a glove box or possibly a document/deeds chest. Either way, it's a glorious desktop box now. We gather lots of these together on a tabletop (or two) at home, and get continued pleasure of our guests' wonder each visit as they open them to see what secrets their interiors hold. Game boxes, tea service chests, cigar and jewelry caskets - there seems no end to the ways these boxes were fitted out. This one is as elegant as they come. No key to fit the working lock at listing time. Sometimes we can find working keys to fit these old locks, though, and we'll add one if we can match it up. At listing, no key. None promised.
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Elegant Antique French Napoleon III Glove or Document Box, Casket
$207 $295 SALE