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This is a beautiful French antique jewellery box with its makers stamp inside.
This box was made in Paris, France, by Francois Marquis. Marquis had a chocolate and confectionery house which was founded in 1818 at 59 Passage Des Panoramas, Paris. He later opened another house at 44 Rue Vivienne, Paris.
Marquis had luxury boxes made for his chocolates and confectionery, that could then be used as jewellery boxes afterwards. Among'st these were embroidered silk and wooden boxes, examples of which can be found on the internet. These boxes are becoming rare and we have not come across any other examples of leather covered boxes by Marquis.
This particular box could be unique and it is a great piece of French social history.
Edwardian. Circa 1900.
This box has a chocolate brown textured leather finish and embossed gold detail around the lid and base.
The bottom of the box has its original vinyl covering and stylish conical gold metal feet.
There is an inset brass escutcheon to the keyhole and the box is complete with its original brass lock and brass piano hinge. This is a quality stop hinge which holds the lid upright.
Please note there is no key with this box.
The interior has a single storage compartment. This and also the inside of the lid, have their original padded silk panels and silk linings.
The silk is a lovely chocolate brown shade which compliments the colour of the leather.
The silk panel to the inside of the lid has the stamp of Marquis in beautiful gold lettering.
This lovely old box is in very good condition for its 100 plus years of age.
The leather has minor wear from age and handling and a faint dull patch on the lid. This is not overly noticeable.
The brass keyhole escutcheon is slightly out of position but still secure.
The interior silk is still lovely with a just a few small pulls and slight fraying.
Please use the following measurements to ensure the box is the right size for your requirements.
15.0 by 11.3cm with a 4.5cm depth.
UK. This box will be posted FREE within the UK by Next Day Special Delivery.
International postage is £25. Delivery is fast, within 3-5 working days to Europe and 5-7 working days to the rest of the world. Postage is by Royal Mail International Tracked and/or Signed For postage.
Please contact us for more details.
The Old Jewellery Box Shop
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