This offering is for an exceptionally rare 1800s Ladies French Decorative Letter Holder / Binder for storing special letters and also to hold stationery. Yes--it was used to store precious stationery and, perhaps, to keep special notes from "un amant secret" (a secret lover). The brown cover has an impressed design of Renaissance inspired lovers in a pastoral setting. The scene is very detailed and all hand painted. The colors are still completely intact and the figures are outlined in bright silver. There are also gilt floral & scroll decorations present, and in excellent condition, on the cover. The fold over top portion was able to be locked at one time, but the key has gone missing long ago. When fully opened, the top portion is covered in a light blue silver designed paper. The interior's middle portion has its original pretty blue and silver paper on the top half of that portion. The lower portion consists of its original attached folder in which stationery, letters, notes and other personal paper ephemera were kept. The folder’s cover is made of heavily embossed dark brown paper that has a leather appearance and has no imperfections. Photos shows the folder open and closed. The size of the binder is 12" x 9 1/2" folded flat. For those who take joy in displaying French 19th Century finery, this has great appeal. It displays beautifully on an easel or as an accent piece on an antique desk, vanity or small table. While the condition of the interior of the binder has a missing portion, the elegant scene of the romantic lovers more than compensates for the imperfection. Overall, the binder is in very good antique condition. These antique stationery binders/holders are exceptionally rare and those with scenes are especially prized. This antique French accessory is one of a kind and is fully guaranteed to meet all of your expectations. Please contact me if you have any questions.
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