Magnificent and large 12" x 9.25" cave a' cigars, the finer of its type from the Napoleon III era (c.1850-70, roughly), this one still has it all, including the working original lock and key, and both hinged side handles, all interior trays without warp nor damage. Splendid for a well-appointed home or office, the casket is a brass-jeweled masterpiece with lots of cutaway brass boulle appliqué to elevate its appeal and design. The cartouche is monogrammed with a beautiful hand engraved " A D ". I gave the brass a little polish so you can see how lovely it is.
Very good to excellent condition throughout on this one, age and type considered. I don't think this one is missing even a single exterior trim nail head, though on 2nd cigar shelf, I can see that one of the slightly larger cut rounds of brass is missing. That and an age crack to the top blackened panel are the only flaws notable, I think. A little normal age to the old patina. The black against the old French oak is just magnificent for warmth of grain. The hardware on this one also tells its story of luxurious beginnings. Best of best, it's the type we'd expect to see "TAHAN" on lock plate, or one of the handful of other finest French makers. Alas, unsigned. Again, both sides have the old original hinged handles. Easy to transport in style from its normal display to the table. A real WOW for your guests. Trays will hold a total of 12 on each and there are 5 in all. No evidence that any have ever been broken or restored in any way. And no warp. A fabulous find!
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