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The beautiful marquetry and studding on the outside of the caddy give it the appearance of a true treasure chest. It comes from Paris and dates from 1880-1890.
The caddy is of gorgeous honey colored bird's eye maple. It has inlay bands of kingswood and mahogany. Metal diamond, circle and star shapes are set into the inlay. The top has two brass rosettes and a central brass medallion (for holding engraved initials). Each side has four metal studs. The box has a beautifully curved lid with no sharp angles. There is a fancy brass lock (and working key).
The interior is lined with rich purple silk fabric and braid. It holds two scent bottles. One bottle has hand applied gilt stars along the shoulder and on top of the bouchon (stopper). There are hand applied gilt lines along the edge of the mouth of the bottle and the outer edge of the stopper. (This bottle is in excellent condition with no visible cracks or chips. The stopper has light wear to the inner bouchon at bottom as is typical with age and use). The second bottle has hand applied gilding to the shoulder, mouth edge and bouchon edge. There is a single gilt flower at the top of the bouchon. (This bottle is in excellent condition with no visible cracks or chips, little wear to the bouchon edge).
The caddy opens with fine brass hinges and stands on four small brass feet.
It measures:3 3/4" tall, 5 1/4" wide, 3" deep, 1 1/2" deep at the interior spaces for holding the bottles. The box itself is in very good condition with all the decorative metal pieces intact.
The three beautiful woods combined with the metal studs give this caddy a unique personality. It is a charming small example of a nineteenth century scent caddy.
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Antique Nineteenth Century Bird's Eye Maple Inlay Caddy w/Scent Bottles
Fine French Small Antiques; Gilded Bronze, Objets of Vertu, Antique Books, Napoleon III, Porte Montre, Cast Bronze