Antique French Napoleon III (c.1850-70) or earlier tortoise shell scent caddy with both of the original small perfume flasks (flacon) still inside. This type of casket usually has cracks, hairlines, breaks but this one is absolutely without any damage - rare to find in this condition. One stopper missing. I really don't think the stopper with it is original - it's quite loose. Caps have French boar's head punch mark, .800/1000 pure silver, and vermeil (18k gold layer on the silver).
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. As noted, no damage at all to that steam-formed natural tortoise shell. The French method of setting panels of shell into ormolu framework is unique to this period, and is a very fragile way to work shell. Most used it as veneer over wood, giving it more strength against shrinkage damage or handling damage. The coloration is superb - mottled chocolate to cognac. I note that in some photos the lid looks slightly askance, so I've just adjusted it lightly and it's fitting perfectly aligned now. Sorry - I did polish the shell and neglected to notice the very slight off-set. The perfume flasks are original, fit perfectly. Normally when we find these, one or both scent bottles are missing or damaged. No damage in slender necks, no chips. There is 1 stopper with the small bottles, but I think it is not original because it fits loosely. Still, it will be included as it came with the set. Measurements noted on photos. A superb piece, 150-180 years old.
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