The old sugar caskets are always a thrill to find, and when they're these fine early 1800s French opaline ones, well - those are always my favorite. Yes, sugar used to be so valuable and rare, only the wealthy could afford to have it. They locked it up away from servants in decorative boxes like this one. While this one still has its working lock, we do not have a key to fit it at listing time. But we'll do our best to match one with it from among our stash of spares. Priced without the key, however, we'll annotate if we can locate one to work the lock. Fabulous as display boxes, jewelry casket, or in use in a number of ways. We've opened one, put a low French bouquet in it for a table centerpiece; we've rolled hand towels and a couple of guest soaps into the open casket for guest bathroom use - there are so many wonderful ways to enjoy it along with just tucked safely into your lighted vitrine.
Very good to excellent condition throughout - this one is in fine form without any chips or cracks, no hairlines and most of its painted gold stars still visible on surface. The brightly polished brass framework is lovely, a satin finish. It is complete with both original ring handles and is raised on its original 4 ball feet. Brilliant! The measurements are noted on photos, too, but it is a large and impressive 5.75" x 4" oval (not counting handles) and is 4.5" tall when closed. Again, no chips, no hairlines, no cracks, nothing to report as a flaw. Just lovely!
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