This extremely rare Napoleon III box comes from France and dates back to the second part of the 1800's.
Made out of Ebonite, or as more commonly known in the States as Vulcanite, the body is moulded into a shallow round box, the lid pressed into a fine basketweave pattern. The edges of the box are detailed with a raised hand painted decorative frieze of links.
Typically, boxes of this size and shape were meant to hold tobacco. The interior is fashioned around a section of animal horn and serves to hold the lid in place.
Vulcanite was invented by Charles Goodyear and patented in 1846. A combination of rubber, super and linseed oil.
The box is 3/4" high and is 3 1/8" in diameter. Aside from fading to a dark khaki hue, the box is in amazing condition. One of the decorative raised link highlighted in gold is a little rubbed off.