An unusual example, the door opens forward instead of from to the side. The entire front door is of thick beveled glass, allowing a fantastic view of the treasured watch hanging inside (the watch pictured here is for size reference and is not included with the piece). It originates from the south of France and dates from 1880-1890.
The sides are made of one continual piece of gilded brass (1 5/8" wide). It has a repeating repousse design of ovals and fleur de lis. This design gives the effect of a fine piece of gilded ribbon. On either side of the band, delicate frames of tiny beads add to the richness of the design. At the top of the band is a delicate handle. The door opens with an "S" clasp. The back panel is of metal set into bezels.
The glass door is very thick, with a 3/8" bevel. It is set into bezel teeth. The wide bezel gives interesting reflecting views of the watch or piece of jewelry inside. The interior of the box is lined with rose silk which has worn with time into bands of threads. This gives an interesting background effect to the displayed piece. There is a sturdy hook/hanger. The box sits on four dainty pointy-toed feet. The bottom panel of the box is of metal.
It measures 3 7/8" tall 1 7/8" deep and 2 3/4" wide: the handle is 1" tall. The interior is 1 3/8" deep, 2" wide and 2 7/8" tall. The porte montre survives in very good antique condition, the glass shows no visible cracks or chips (some minute faint dots of irregularities in the inside glass). It sits stable on the table top. We sell the port montre only the watch pictured is for display.
It is an entrancing piece, perfect for a family heirloom.