A petit French memento of a catholic upbringing in France, 19th century (Napoleon III, likely) traditional gift upon the confirmation, this one is just 2 1/2" long. Beautifully preserved and appears to have never been used, it would have been intended as the special little purse into which a child's offerings would be put, then taken to deposit at church. Most of these old ones have a bit of a tattered interior, so it's rare to find one in such fine condition within as well as the rather deep carved outer shell. Sterling silver hinged clasp and also compartmented interior with clasp are fully in place. Hinged back.
Very good to excellent condition throughout, with a superb silk interior showing no real use or damage. Photos show it well from all angles. I don't see even as much as a bug bite to report.
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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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