The french call it a "vide poche", literally an "empty pocket", and that's the service this beautiful stand provides at bedside. One puts one's pocket watch on the hook (ours is not included) and watch chain and other jewelry, coins, cigar cutter, etc., drop into the mother of pearl half shall tray. This one is quite spectacular, not only for the brilliantly pearlescent shell, but also that heavy slate base (almost 5" x 4", perfect condition. A heavy cast and worked brass housing and it's really without damage. Great for collectors, and also for display of your pocket watch or watches. There are also 2 hooks on the front of the oval pearl mount. Circa 1850-70s, Napoleon III era.
Very good to excellent condition throughout. No chips, no cracks in the mother of pearl shell, and none on the slat base, either. There are no breaks to the cast brass housing/frame, but the one notable issue is there is some old polish in recessed areas and one might wish to give it an even nicer brass polishing plus remove that old whitish-verdigris residue. I'll leave the decision on that to our buyer. Some like the patina more than brilliant brass finish. Measurements are noted on the photos.