"One Vie de Soldat" (The life of a soldier). You know I love the old French chocolatier's presentation boxes. We've found and offered ones as simple as this, as early as 1700s, and as opulent as a stunning large tortoise shell & ormolu one from Boissier, sold years ago (and I wish I still had it!). This one is so unique, and in such fine condition, one has to realize it's more likely a late 1800s commemorative, perhaps even a WWI commemorative that was kept and treasured now for more than 100 years, survives beautifully. The roundels are each cut out intaglio prints, hand colored and pasted to the box top. They're more than charming, showing revolutionary soldiers, and make it a wonderful display piece for any military collector. The chocolatiers had the most wonderful boxes created to house their confections and to remain as keepsake long after the sweetmeats within were consumed. Even now, the tradition continues in France - elegantly packaged edibles. This box is 11.5" long, an oval, and other measurements are noted on the photos.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. Normally paper or card items of this age show more tatter, foxing, loss. This is remarkably complete and, while it definitely has age to it, it hasn't what one considers as flaw to speak of. Hand painted border trim and lettered by hand, it's immensely charming, isn't it!
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