Elegant old boxes, Baccarat crafted, thick and beveled crystal on all sides and top, these are Second Empire to Belle Epoch in age (c.1870-1920) and are highly sought after for their obvious beauty. No, it is not signed Baccarat, as is the case with many of these early ones. But it is quite signature in the manner of design and of course the fine quality. Neoclassical figures dance on the appliqués up top, a garland being hung by putti. Rich cabriole legs extend to the upper framework and are gorgeous! The hinge is pinned so it opens to the upright position and no further, and the hinged clasp is intact and working perfectly. Nearly 7" in width, full measurements can be found on our photos.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. While it's difficult to find a flaw, as overwhelming as is the overall impression, there is one flashing chip on interior of one of the crystal panels. I've tried to capture the light on it so you can find it in our photos. I've put an "x" beside it so you can find it, bottom back end of one of the side panels. The crystal in lid is stunning, deep wheel beveling to match the outlines of the appliqués. The bottom is metal and a relined bottom of fine black moire silk would be a replacement. Beautiful from all angles and these deep beveled crystal (or glass) caskets seem to magnify light, so anything you display inside seems lighted, very pretty. Photographed on a cloudy day, we needed more light!