Rare German Antique Miniature Pietra Dura Box

( JB302 )

Rare German Antique Miniature Pietra Dura Box

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This is a beautiful rare antique miniature box for small pieces of jewellery or trinkets.  It was made in Karlsbad, Germany, and it dates to the late 19th century.

The Exterior

This box has a beautiful Mahogany veneer.  Its lid has a superb inset panel with Pietra Dura decoration, and a beautiful Ebony frame with decorative inlay.

The Pietra Dura consists of a variety of Agates, which have been beautifully cut, polished and inlaid.  'Karlsbad' is beautifully engraved in the centre of the panel.

The frame consists of Ebony veneer and is beautifully inlaid with Abalone shell and Mahogany.

The front of the lid has a small inset brass panel, and the keyhole has a beautiful Mother of Pearl escutcheon.

The box is complete with its original lock and stop hinges.  These prevent the lid from falling back.  Please note there is no key.

The bottom of the box has its original covering.

The Interior

The interior has a single small compartment which has its original velvet lining in the base.


Late 19th Century.  Circa 1890.


This beautiful box is in very good condition for its 120 plus years of age.  On very close inspection with a magnifying loupe, there are some teeny pieces of veneer/inlay missing.  These are barely visible to the naked eye.

There are some fine superficial age related scratches to the Mahogany veneer.  The covering to the bottom of the box is worn.

All of the above wear is as we'd expect on an antique box which has been loved and used.

The head of the right pin to the plate of the catch is missing, but the catch is still secure.


Please use the following measurements to ensure the box is the right size for your requirements. It is a very sweet miniature box which will hold a small amount of jewellery or a small collection of trinkets.

Length:   8.8cm
Width:     6.2cm
Height:    5.2cm

Interior Compartment:

7.0 by 4.2cm with a 3.0cm depth.


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