Fabulous antique French Napoleon III to Belle Epoque era pocket watch display casket, an elegant little box with kingwood & mother of pearl marquetry inlay, ebonized edging and unique mechanical style clasp! A place for everything, and everything gloriously in its place - and no excess is too much; that seems to have been the rule of the day. And the day was 1840-70s Napoleon III era, France, the birthplace and time for this superb pocket watch box, casket. Entirely made in fine old box wood, then veneered and with a gorgeous kingwood & mother of pearl marquetry top! The inside has a hinged tray to hold a pocket watch or pendant, spring underneath pushes it up for display or ease of placement and is great to display on desk or writing table top. Perfect to show off a treasured or heirloom pocket watch or pendant! A fine example of the era, aesthetic, and immense allure these old pieces represent. Wildly popular in France and abroad, these glorious old cabinetry pieces proliferated in Napoleon III era France, and we reap the benefit of their popularity and appeal still today in those that survive. One of several fabulous old pocket watch caskets that we have available so be sure to browse some while you're with us. Thanks!
While on the subject of fine antique boxes, by the way, I MUST mention to you a fabulous newly published reference book by our friend and customer, Genevieve Cummins of Australia. Over the past several years, Genevieve has been working on a masterpiece of a book, which we've just recently received copies of. It's SUPERB! We're pleased to see our own shop noted in many of the pages, and to revisit so many exceptional antique boxes we've had over the years. Some of you who buy antique boxes from us might well see your own in there, as we did share our images often with Genevieve. Be sure to order it. The title is: "ANTIQUE BOXES, Inside and Out". Hot off the presses, it's got 429 delicious pages of boxes.
Very good condition. A tiny imperfection or two possible but, as you can see in the images, this one is beautifully preserved. There is one tiny section of kingwood inlay missing from the lid (left side when looking at it from the front, about 3/4 the way back from front). As noted in the images, the watch shown is not included. See pictures for measurements.
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