I'm not positive this is Italian, but I think it is. The reason I think so is that we've had several similarly made intaglio engraved boxes with very similar patterning and legs, similar look, that were mounted up top by fine old Florentine pietra dura panels. This casket would likely be a simpler one made by the same person or artisan. It would be c.1850-70, and comes to us in very nice form. A bit of patina of age and it still has a nice bright brass finish to the heavy gauge body and ornamental legs. A pushbutton opener in that era was evidence of higher quality. The casket is topped with beautifully crafted floral bouquet. The casket would have been lined in fine old silk, perhaps a padded bottom panel. At this point it's unlined. One can take on the project of doing a nice silk lining, should you wish to have it. Measurements are noted on our photos.
Very good condition for age and type, though it is missing the old silk satin lining. A nice patina and really stunning old acid-etched bas relief intaglio work on the metal. Legs elevate it a bit, as does the sculpted brass cast floral spray that is its cartouche up top. I see no dents nor damage to note, but look over our many photos, please.
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