A lovely old treasure sent to me from France, it is a Napoleon III small missal book or sometimes referred to as a Book of Common Prayer or the Missals of Mary, it is a Devotional book that likely belonged to a young female years ago (mid-1800s).
It is covered in a deep purple velvet with French brass ormolu decorations on the spine and corners painted in cold enamel. It measures 5" x 3 1/2" x 1". Once opened, the book does not seem to have been read very much as the pages are tight but show little foxing, pretty typical for the age. The side shows wear as well as the velvet.
Makes for a lovely display as you see in the last photo and the enameling on the ormolu metal is an additional luxury feature not always found. French in origin, I could not find a date inside the book but I would say it is circa 1840-1860.
Antique French Enameled Ormolu Missels de Marie Book
$65 $79 REDUCED