Clearing collections and crates stored for decades, this is a superb 4" diameter powder box. It would have originally also had an ostrich down puff within. You can see from interior that there is a bit of stain from the powder. Dating mid-1800s, the portrait miniature mounted on top is signed, and is of the souvenir variety, likely Marie-Antoinette. I would consider this a Grand Tour souvenir of a 19th century traveler. It displays beautifully, and could certainly be considered as a table snuff. Full measurements are noted on the Photos.
Very good to excellent with a nod to that interior lid, which has to do with the mounting of the portrait miniature. It is ivory. Not available for export or for some locations (see below).
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Our offering exceeds the age limitation of "more than 100 years of age", and is well within the exemption for CITES regulation. If imported, met the CITES regulation. This item will be handled and shipped from our Utah business, and is not available for shipment internationally, nor within the USA to California, NY, Nevada, Hawaii, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington if it contains ivory, sorry. Please see our small print for more details.
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