Always fascinated by the French tradition of packaging, perhaps none more fun than the old presentation boxes made specifically for the confections and chocolates of early to mid-1800s. Of finest reputation and history is the Boissier firm, and we’ve found true masterpieces with their company name, to include one many years back in fine tortoise shell that I sure wish I still owned. No firm commanded higher accolade nor prices nor audience than the Boissier firm, Paris. The box you see here is one of the later ones, possibly as late as 1900-1910, but you still see that tradition of finely crafted keepsake box or container meant to remain after the chocolates were consumed, a memento from the giver. One can still find the best chocolatier firms in France and they still carry on tradition of masterful presentation. Such a fun history to collect and display. Chocolates being at that time only something the wealthy could afford, one thinks of similar goods by Hermes, Puiforcat, Odiot, top names in their respective industries. No finer name than Boissier, Paris.
Very good condition for age and type, this one has leather strapping that is studded in brass, and the etiquette or name plate up top is beautifully crafted and enameled, engraved, in fine form. Boissier was the pinnacle of the industry. Box is 6” x 4” and 2.25” high when closed. Slight age seen here or there on the leather strapping, we didn’t touch up with polish so you could clearly see those couple of spots, but a q-tip of leather polish will bring it back to lovely condition for display.
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