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Antique French Kiln-fired Enamel Pen Set, French Writer's Gift Set, c.1800, Seal, Letter Opener
Now and then we locate a was seal or even a letter opener from one of these early 1800s French sets, but it's very rare to find a complete original set in the fitted presentation case (leather) and in such fine condition as the one we have brought you here. So it's a pleasure expanded. The set has hand enameled barrels or bodies to each of the 3 writer's tools, and with exception of a very tiny chip to end of one, they are all in exceptionally fine condition. There is such an interesting mechanical way the pen tip opens and clamps closed to hold a nib (no nib with the box but we'll add one for shipment - easy to locate replacements). The leather etui or box, case, is the old original and each piece fits perfectly in the recessed fittings. My photographer didn't set the pen in fully, but it does fit perfectly into the recess in the box. It needs only the pen nib.
Box and set are both in remarkably fine condition for age and type. I can find only one tiny chip to the enamel and that is even difficult to find as it tucks under the gold fittings. Foil backed kiln-fired enamel work is lovely, and typical of that which we find from artisans who worked in decorative arts in Bresse, Limoges and Sevres, France. Not the gold and silver foils on this deep cobalt blue set. Measurements are noted on the photos.
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Susan Dean, San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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