This is quite a Rare Napoleonic Period figural "Snuff Box", in the form of a Two-Cornered or "Bicorne Hat", pressed out of Horn.
The bicorne is a historical form of hat widely adopted in the 1790s as an item of uniform by European and American military and naval officers. It is now most readily associated with Napoléon Bonaparte. The size is approx. 3.5"long x 2" tall.
Along the bottom left is the word "Pont"...on the bottom right side is "D'Arcole", commemorating the November 1796 Battle which was a French Victory at the "Bridge of Arcole". The Front side features a shallow carved Soldier representing Napoleon Bonaparte standing on a Platform, holding a Flag and pointing forward with his Sword to encourage his troops into Battle.
The Battle of Arcole or Battle of Arcola (15–17 November 1796) was a battle fought between French and Austrian forces 25 kilometres (16 mi) southeast of Verona during the War of the First Coalition, a part of the French Revolutionary Wars. The battle saw a bold maneuver by Napoleon Bonaparte's French Army of Italy to outflank the Austrian army led by József Alvinczi and cut off its line of retreat. The French victory proved to be a highly significant event during the third Austrian attempt to lift the Siege of Mantua.
This front side is the Lid or Cover for the Snuff Box, which is hinged at the bottom. The rear of the Box features an inlaid red & white "Rosette" a(or "Cockade") nd "V" at the top,normally found to indicate military rank....this one associated with Napoleon.
A fabulous commemorative "souvenir" produced during the Napoleonic Period, pressed from Horn, and in Excellent Condition for its age!! We acquired it from a collection in France....
A Rare item for your Napoleonic collection.......