Antique French trinket goat carriage is a pocket watch stand, "vide poche" (literal translation: empty pocket), likely originally purchased from the boutiques of the old Palais Royal. The Palais Royal remains a center of culture in Paris, just a stone's throw from the Louvre on the rue de Rivoli side, and was the Palace of Cardinal Richelieu. This famed location was the gathering place of Royals, dignitaries, wealthy in the 1700s-1800s, and not only were there magnificent luxury wares such as finest French sterling silver goods, and jewelry, travel cases, clothing, porcelains, but also charming trinkets such as the one you see here. They remain as charming in our day as they once were, and are highly collectable both for their own charm and for their increasing value as antiques from that lauded marketplace. These date to c.1850-70, some earlier. This one is without damage and is larger in size than most. Nearly 5" long, the oval "egg" of natural shell is a generous 3.5" x 2.25".
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, apart from a very tiny nip you can only see at one angle (up where the rim covers or attaches to the shell and near the front/goat end), it remains as fine a one as we've ever found. The pearlescent shimmer of color is fabulous. There is a natural line you can see in the shell, bu it is not a crack, just a natural occurrence in the formation of the shell.
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