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Post Lot Text
A GERMAN GOLD-MOUNTED PETRIFIED WOOD ARCHITECT'S OR SURVEYOR'S NECESSAIRE
DRESDEN, CIRCA 1790, UNMARKED
Tapering cylindrical, set with panels of petrified wood on cover, base and sides with plain mounts, the interior including: a spoon, a ruler, a compass, a penholder and steel scissors (two elements missing)
For a discussion of the elements contained in such étuis, see K. Snowman, Eighteenth Century Gold Boxes of Europe, London, 1990, p. 77, no. 35.