It is not perfect, but coming forward from early to mid 1700s, it is in remarkable condition, truly. The most elaborate inlays in that tortoise shell lid, silver, mother of pearl and 18k gold all combine to a magnificent figural display, 1 macaroon in silver, and one of what would have been 2 profiles in mother of pearl. A fine old sterling box, one tiny hallmark on front which I have not found. Seems Prussian, Ottoman Empire, rather than French, though I purchased the box in France. The box is 3 1/8" x 2 3/8" oval, and 3/4" tall when closed.
Very good for age and type, you can see it has a lift or two from the pique work in the tortoise shell lid, but no breaks to the old tortoise shell either in lid or bottom. The framework is silver, a single tiny hallmark. The hinge is perfect and the box closes very smoothly, displays beautifully, but as you can see, a 1" section of the perimeter silver border of lid has gone missing over the centuries. Likewise, a slight separation at solder to back right, about at the 11-1 o'clock position along the seam at back. I have not identified the mark, shown for your research. Hard to make out, perhaps an Austrian or Prussian mark. If you know it, please do email and we'll add. Thanks. There are no other marks.
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