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Antique Victorian Era Micromosaic Patch or Powder Box, 3" Diam Micro Mosaic
A far larger box than most which we find made like this, this is a full 3" diameter and more likely a powder box than patch box. The type made for the Grand Tour tourist trade visiting Italy, and likely from Venice, with the floral bouquet and the remnants of the Etruscan wire trim on the box's exterior. A beautiful memento of a visit to Italy, and still a glorious bouquet of flowers, made up of tiny colored glass tesserae.
Very good to excellent condition without a single tiny glass tesserae missing in the large micro mosaic worked into the top. There are a few small dings, dents to the body of the box, however, and also some missing bits of the appliqué twisted wire. I did nothing to polish this one, but you could bring it to a higher brighter original sheen if you wanted to use a bit of brass polish on it. We like the old patina of age on this one. Again, a full 3" diameter, much larger than most which look like this one. 1.5" high when closed.
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Susan Dean, San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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