Gold embossed lettering on the interior's rich purple silk lining tells us this box was made for or by E. CCressier, 93, Grand rue, Besancon, France. It further tells us that his medals are worked in both gold and silver. The box here shown is fitting for a fine piece of work in silver or gold, and while the medal no longer is with it, it is a fine antique all on its own. One could certainly use this for a smallish pocket watch, the type ladies used, and it is open to the top of fitting for the fob or top of a watch, too. That said, allow me to point out the elaborate and beautiful mother of pearl shield that decorates the solid rosewood box, as the monogram seems to me to be L and W intertwined. Do you agree? Well crafted and beautifully preserved, we'd date this box to late 1800s.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, no chips or loss to the wood, and the mother of pearl inset cartouche shilled is beautifully monogrammed, as well as preserved. Solid wood, not a veneer, it is of generous size and could display a lady's watch and chain for gifting or for display. Silk velvet and silk satin line the interior and remain in very good condition, as well. Push-button opening working well, clasps tightly. Piano hinged, it is beautifully crafted throughout.
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Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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