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Antique Carved Ivory Puzzle Box Casket British Royal Family Motto & Floral Embellishments
Fabulous & Rare Antique Victorian heavy solid carved genuine ivory Puzzle Box or small jewelry casket. This precious box features curved or beveled sides with a 2 piece lid/cover, that fits together diagonally, which is a puzzle to manipulate - to open & close. The lid locks in place and it’s a trick to open it.
The box is smoothly carved and is quite substantial. The box is not nailed or screwed together but expertly constructed with tiny ivory dowels. There is a raised carved ivory notch that serves to secure the cover. This is one of the most charming and interesting boxes I’ve had and it’s in the most ‘’original' state’’. During the 1800’s a wide variety of accoutrements were stored in this type of storage box.
The lid bears the coat of arms of the British Royal Family, complete with familial motto - "Dieu et mon droit" (God and my right),
Sliding the top sideways, the 2nd top slides sideways, measuring 3/4”s long and the other 1/4” piece is stationary. The “2nd cover is scribed with lovely intricate flowers and foliage. Both the edge of the cover and the base are embellished with “Art Deco” linear motifs.
Measurements: 3 3/8” long x 1 1/4” wide-deep.
Age: Late 1800’s.
A truly spectacular quality find, in wonderful condition.
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