The fine old Napoleon III era boxes are always a hit, and never more so than when they retain their opulent silk padded lining like this one does. The c. 1850-70s boxes were made in a variety of forms, this particular elongated one being made specifically for gloves. The lining is the giveaway. Were it unlined, we'd consider it might have been made for documents, as a desk top box. But the lined ones were sold to house ones various pairs of gloves. This would have been the case for this one, long at nearly 13", it's a lovely old box now to house your jewelry or gloves, old letters, deeds or documents, or just to display open or closed, when it's this nice.
Very good condition, with excellent interior lining. The wood shows some age, and you can refer to our images for a full evaluation. But it is a pleasant combination of veneers of exotic wood, burled and kingwood and a deeper stained burl wood up top, inset with ebonized wood and brass to accent as cartouche, highlighted with brass stringing and a fine brass pencil-edge brass around the perimeter of the box top. I do not have a key to fit this working lock, but we are always on the lookout for extra old casket keys and perhaps we will locate one. If so, I'll annotate the listing, but at the present time, it is without a key. The silk lining is exceptional in this one - no tears, stains, tatters, really. A pale green, it's in very fine condition to display open with your collection of micro mosaics, perhaps or something wonderful.
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Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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