Le Tréport is a small fishing port on the northwest coast of France, northeast of Dieppe. A port of note as far back as the Middle Ages, and close enough in proximity to be invaded repeatedly by the English. The tall cliffs of Le Tréport figure to WWI history, as well. A beautiful beach front and ancient town. This little cheroot case (small cigars popular in late 19th century and before) would have been someone's souvenir of a visit there. Perfectly preserved with a fine silk satin lining, the case has a look of natural material but is, in fact, very early French celluloid made to mimic that material. Full measurements noted on the photos.
Very good to excellent condition throughout, no evidence it was ever anything but a treasured souvenir. No odor or stain or wear to the beautiful French silk satin lining, which would have held small cigars (cheroot) on each side, it could also be used as a purse for prayer cards. Late 1800s to earliest 1900s, a fisherman with net decorates the front. No breaks or flaws, hinge and clasp working perfectly, too.