Silver pique in the Georgian or 'Regency' period toothpick and/or patch box you see here, all entirely in place against the chocolate and cognac colored natural tortoise shell. Beautifully crafted and with a hinged lid that is shaped to recess to the lip, as you can see in our images. Nicely crafted c. 1770-1820, and in very good condition as well, but that it appears someone at some later date has relined it with non-original velvet. The original use for these navette-shaped etui was as a holder for either the face patches (beauty marks) that were popular in its time, or for tooth hygiene to include a scraper and a toothpick which were often made of gold. This one would also have had an old silvered mirror glass mounted inside the lid. Still, it survives mostly intact and is a charming reminder of its time and of the fashions unique to that era.
Very good condition for age and type. As noted, the mirror that would have been attached to interior of lid is no longer there, and someone has lined it in a beige velvet which is not original. While these were lined originally in velvet, it would have been more likely to be in red and with sides of the bottom also lined. In fact, I see a bit of the old adhesive still showing. Further, there are a couple of small and minor flea bites to the shell as noted in our images. Otherwise very nice and without cracks or broken sections to speak of. The pique work is nicely done and remains flat to the surface. No lifts. Measurements are in the images.
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