It seems more a gentleman's chatelaine than a woman's, really, and it occurs to me the side cases might well have held sealing wax and a sceau, or wax seal rather than thimble and measuring tape. The interior fittings of the larger etui or 'necessaire' is fitted for a pocket knife, scissors, a stylus or pencil, a long slender 2-leaf writing tablet and, finally, a toothpick or bodkin with ear wax spoon on one end. Necessities more suited to travel than to sewing. There is a hook higher up, likely for a pocket watch. Beautiful old treasure, it has lost those implements and tools it would once have held within. But for display, or for reenactments, costume or movie set - it's every bit the beauty it started out as some 270 years ago. I do think it has a generous layering of karat gold. Another I have of this period tested variously from 12k to 18k, and I suspect this might be plated with something similar. It has no tarnish to the intricately cast motifs, recesses. I do not think it is solid gold, however. Lots of photos for your review. The work of the goldsmith, metalsmith on this one is so elegant. A one of a kind.
Very good to excellent condition as you see it, with the flaw/consideration being it does not have the implements or tools which once would have filled it. Over time, a wonderful project piece for someone who wishes to find replacement and period implements. Imagine the fun you'll have wandering French markets to find spare bits. Such a beauty!
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