I wish we could truly capture what this one does in light. Photography lights just seem not to get it perfectly. Not only is the crystal on this 19th century French box cut in intricate geometric patterning of facets on the exterior, it is also wheel-cut on the interior for further patterning in the light. Truly exquisite! And I am unable to find even one chip on the old beauty. The mounting is hinged, heavy brass alloy that at it's origin seems to have had a plating of silver. Very slight evidence of that can be seen, but it polished to a beautiful gold, as you see it. Purchased in France, I've had this one for decades, to hold our antique hair combs in the display armoire.
Very good to excellent, not a hairline, no chips, no flaws notable beyond the very slight evidence it was once silver plated on the hinged framework. Thick, heavy, entirely worked by hand and early wheel cutting. I'd guesstimate c.1860-80, rather than the very early sugar caskets which had locks. But it's that type of beautiful. Big at almost 6" x 5" oval, too.
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