This is a small French art glass patch box. The date is the late 19th century, circa 1890.
The box is 1 1/8" high and 2" wide at the bottom. It is hinged and the fastening is tight. The patch box is used to hold some items, like pills or rings.
The glass is cobalt blue with hand applied gold gilding in a band around the belly and the top of the lid. The top of the lid has a hand enameled circular slim piece of metal affixed, and it is banded in gold. Enameling on metal is a form of Champlevé, a decorative technique for metal when creating designs that are figural; I am not sure if this is Champlevé or just a hand painted metal top. The picture is one of a cherub, holding a basket of grapes, with wings, and with a string musical instrument across the back, perhaps a lute.
The bottom of the pill box is slightly indented and smooth.
I live in the heart of the Oregon wine country, plus there is a bounty of micro breweries, and I am always finding odd little things from the estates linked to wineries, vineyards, breweries and hop growers; this pill box is another such example.
There are no chips, nicks or cracks. There is some modest wear on the gold banding.
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