An absolute gem of a box, very rare with the most intricate marquetry inlay featuring a central bird to the lid, looking like a Dove to me.
The box is French in origin and dating to around 1860 made from Ebony and inlaid with a plethora of exotic timers and Mother of Pearl. The lock is most unusual, a type I have not seen before. Firstly the pin comes from the bottom and secures into the top. The key is turned clockwise twice and two pins shoot out from the sides to secure the lock; working fine now, these old locks are notoriously temperamental!
The box came to me with these pieces of Lace in, it could be a lace box or sewing box, but would equally make a good jewelry box with the interior retaining the original velvet lining.
There is an old grain crack to the top, which is stable and helped by the re-polished finish. Very good condition measuring 8 1/2" x 6 1/2" x 3 1/4" tall.
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Rare Antique French Ebony and Intricately Inlaid Box - Dove c.1860