This is a magnificent c.1840-6 French cheroot case (smallish cigars), showing superb old French artisanship, inlays of sterling silver and mother of pearl. Both interior and exterior remain very beautiful and seemed to have been used very little if at all.
It survives 180 or so years in really superb condition as you can see. Both interior and exterior remain just elegant. Loads of Sterling silver inlay and pique work, and a cartouche without a monogram so you can have yours or a heritage monogram added if you'd like. It's an unusual form, seems like it's going to be a large coin purse, but once opened you can see the fine interior which is like the larger cigar cases. Predates cigarettes, but small cigars called cheroot would have been perfect for this 3.5" long case. The clasp-closure is quite unique for these, as well. A little inlay of mother of pearl, and really beautifully mottled chocolate to cognac tortoise shell. Baffles expand a bit on sides.
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