The case with ribbed surface and a traditional engraved peacock and floral pattern, 18kt. gold and ribbed sterling silver cover that is set with twelve cabochon rubies. The thumb press has an additional five rubies. The back is fine-ribbed silver.
Hallmarked Boucheron, Paris, Bt. No. 705012 . Also has two impressed marks on the interior, right-front corner. See photo.
The history of Boucheron dates from 1858, when Frédéric Boucheron opened a boutique under the arcades of the Palais Royal. His family were in the clothing business, and he transferred his knowledge of fashion to jewellery.
From Christie's Boucheron collector's guide:
In 1867, his innovative designs won him a gold medal at the Paris World Fair, and in 1893 he became the first jeweler to open a boutique on the Place Vendôme — choosing no. 26, so the story goes, because it was the sunniest and therefore sparkliest corner of the square.
As the years progressed, the Maison added timepieces to its output. The Countess of Castiglione, the Italian mistress of Napoleon III, was a client, as were members of the Russian royal family and stars such as Edith Piaf.
Nature in general — flora as well as fauna — continued to be an important source of inspiration for the jeweler.
Condition: Generally very good. A few minute faults to the back surface commensurate with age and use.
Dimensions: 3 inches high x 3 inches wide x 3/8 inches deep.
Weight: 5 ounces.
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