Early 1800s, this is a completely pristine French table snuff, not a bit of flaw or damage to report. The lathe worked burled wood is just elegant on this one, and the thin inner lining of shell hasn't a crack, chip nor nick in spite of how thin it's been worked. Over-large for a snuff, it's known as a tabletop snuff but made in the same form as a pocket snuff. You see there at center top there is an imbedded cabochon gem, I suspect it is garnet, but have not tested. It might be a ruby. A beautiful thing, none more perfectly preserved.
Excellent start to finish, for age and type. No chips, no cracks, no warping, no damage or loss to report. There are 2 slightly dark spots on the old burled wood, there on top. I think natural, but perhaps a stain of a writer's pen as it moved across from desktop ink pot to old vellum or parchment. Full measurements are noted on our photos. Again, no flaws from any angle of view. Rich grain. Superb in its simple form.
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