While this stunningly fine box, chest is thickly lined in rich silk velvet as if it might have been made to transport an instrument rather than a mess kit, it is a remarkably fine example of the campaign or military fitted caskets used in the time of Napoleon and earlier, to transport and protect fine instruments of the military field use, and remains one of the best preserved of any we've found. Suitable now for desk box use or even to use as a fine jewelry box. I suspect it might have once carried a sector into battle, or perhaps a thick telescope. Look at the quality of the craftsmanship. No finer hardwood boxes were ever made than these old French ones. The polished brass corners and monogrammed shield cartouche with matching escutcheon and pristine brass edging all intact. The only thing we're missing is the key. The box is 9.5" long, 5.25" wide and 3.75" tall when closed. Fabulous for a rolled document like a deed or similar, or for your most treasured historic, heritage or personal love letters, bound up in a silk ribbon within.
Very good to excellent. The photos show a little dust on the box, which catches the photographer's lights and make white dots. Those are not anything but a little dust. The finish on this box is excellent, as is the interior silk velvet padded lining and the brass trims. I restate, we miss only the key. Will try to match one, but at listing we price it without a key.
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