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Antiques French Palais Royal Sewing Box, Chest, MOP Silk Spools, Sterling Silver
Antiques French Palais Royal Sewing Box, Chest, MOP Silk Spools, Sterling Silver
Antiques French Palais Royal Sewing Box, Chest, MOP Silk Spools, Sterling Silver
Antiques French Palais Royal Sewing Box, Chest, MOP Silk Spools, Sterling Silver
Antiques French Palais Royal Sewing Box, Chest, MOP Silk Spools, Sterling Silver
Antiques French Palais Royal Sewing Box, Chest, MOP Silk Spools, Sterling Silver
Antiques French Palais Royal Sewing Box, Chest, MOP Silk Spools, Sterling Silver
Antiques French Palais Royal Sewing Box, Chest, MOP Silk Spools, Sterling Silver
Antiques French Palais Royal Sewing Box, Chest, MOP Silk Spools, Sterling Silver
Antiques French Palais Royal Sewing Box, Chest, MOP Silk Spools, Sterling Silver
Antiques French Palais Royal Sewing Box, Chest, MOP Silk Spools, Sterling Silver
Antiques French Palais Royal Sewing Box, Chest, MOP Silk Spools, Sterling Silver
Antiques French Palais Royal Sewing Box, Chest, MOP Silk Spools, Sterling Silver

Antiques French Palais Royal Sewing Box, Chest, MOP Silk Spools, Sterling Silver

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Tiny French silver punch marks on the silver, telling us it's a French set, though we already knew that. The 4 original carved mother of pearl silk winders and metal-embroidery pin cushion, the chenille-trimmed mirror in lid, the elegant marquetry work on the outer box - all speak French to me. C. 1850-70, Napoleon III era or perhaps a little before (marks used after 1838), it is quite remarkable that it still has its working key in the lock. Lift-out tray reveals a lovely compartment below for needlework patterns and projects. Just in from Paris, too. Measurements noted on photos, but the box is 8.25" x 6.25" and 3" tall.

Very good to excellent for age and type, with a couple of probable replacements in tools (large scissors, maybe - though they fit, and I think the old antique scent bottle might also be a replacement). There are 2 sets of scissors, original needle case and stiletto and thimble. The original 4 mother of pearl silk winders show 2 with a lobe broken, yet still there. Working lock and key. The box has superb marquetry in lemonwood against the darker walnut, even to the finest tight stringing. There is some uneven fit to the top which I've shown in our photos for your review. A small bit of edging lost on that backside. Seems like a tiny bit of warp has pulled the wood pieces a bit. View and evaluate. The velvet lift-out tray is lovely, still in very nice form. Inner bottom lining is faded, has a more faded spot. I think the red padded silk is one pushed into the bottom, but under it you'll likely find the original bottom is papered like the interior sides. Chenille is all there, and mirror is undamaged. Working lock and key, but slightly dodgy fit for the pin into the lock. Just be aware when you do go to lock or open it. A little push. Oh, one more thing: The neck of needle case that fits inside the other half has a little nip to it, and I've included a close-up of that. Doesn't show until you open the needle case.