An incredible Napoleon III era (c.1850-70) French gift box set: Prayer book, aide d' memoire and coin purse, typically a gift in commemoration of 1st Communion. This set is incredibly beautiful and is in near-pristine condition, too. Still safely inside the original presentation box, etui, the 3 elegant and top of the line pieces remain undamaged these 150 years or more later. This one has been in my own collection for years, and there really is no finer set to be found. Photos show it all, and measurements are noted on the photos, as well. There is a monogram. Hopefully you can make it out. Just look at the prayer book with its steam-molded spine, all fully intact. The gold cartouche is enhanced by the gold stringing, and it does test 18k.
Exceptionally well preserved, as noted above and in our photos. Not any warp, no breaks, no losses, even the original presentation case remains in very fine condition.
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Our offering exceeds the age limitation of "more than 100 years of age", and is well within the exemption for CITES regulation. If imported, met the CITES regulation. This item will be handled and shipped from our Utah business, and is not available for shipment internationally, nor within the USA to California, NY, Nevada, Hawaii, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington if it contains ivory, sorry. Please see our small print for more details.