Delightful antique Victorian to early Edwardian era pocket watch or jewelry casket, a charming little Black Forest hand carved box with original folding interior and oak leaf & acorn accented exterior! A place for everything, and everything gloriously in its place - and no excess is too much; that seems to have been the rule of the day. A fine example of the era, aesthetic, and immense allure these old pieces represent. Wildly popular in France and abroad, these glorious old cabinetry pieces proliferated in Napoleon III era France, and we reap the benefit of their popularity and appeal still today in those that survive. This one of Black Forest origins, making it even that much more fun. The interior has a spring-loaded tray that cradles the pocket watch and pops up for display when desired. Lovely, don't miss it!
While on the subject of fine antique boxes, by the way, I MUST mention to you a fabulous newly published reference book by our friend and customer, Genevieve Cummins of Australia. Over the past several years, Genevieve has been working on a masterpiece of a book, which we've just recently received copies of. It's SUPERB! We're pleased to see our own shop noted in many of the pages, and to revisit so many exceptional antique boxes we've had over the years. Some of you who buy antique boxes from us might well see your own in there, as we did share our images often with Genevieve. Be sure to order it. The title is: "ANTIQUE BOXES, Inside and Out". Hot off the presses, it's got 429 delicious pages of boxes.
Very good condition. If you look closely at the sides, you can see an ever so slight separation when closed but no other notable flaws or damage. No losses or repairs to the lid oak leaf & acorn carving and the clasp works just fine. See pictures for measurements.
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