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A FRENCH GOLD SNUFF-BOX
A FRENCH GOLD SNUFF-BOX

BY ALEXANDRE-RAOUL MOREL (FL. 1833-1850), MARKED, PARIS, CIRCA 1835, WITH THE FRENCH THIRD STANDARD MARK FOR GOLD 1838-1918, THE FLANGE STAMPED WITH NUMBER 9

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A FRENCH GOLD SNUFF-BOX
BY ALEXANDRE-RAOUL MOREL (FL. 1833-1850), MARKED, PARIS, CIRCA 1835, WITH THE FRENCH THIRD STANDARD MARK FOR GOLD 1838-1918, THE FLANGE STAMPED WITH NUMBER 9
rectangular box with waisted sides, set with panels of diaper-work engine-turning within entrelac borders and chased with scrolls and trailing foliage, the cover centred with a polished gold cartouche engraved with the gothic initial 'T', the flange engraved with the inscription 'Souvenir de S. A. R. / le Duc d'Aumale à Ternissen Père / 25 7bre 1847'
3 1/8 in. (80 mm.) wide
2¾ oz. (80 gr.)

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Henri Eugène Philippe Louis d'Orléans, Duke of Aumale (1822-1897) was a leader of the Orleanists, a political faction in 19th-century France associated with constitutional monarchy. He was born in Paris, the fifth son of King Louis-Philippe I of the French and Maria Amalia of Naples and Sicily. He used the title Duke of Aumale. He distinguished himself during the French invasion of Algeria and, in 1847, he became lieutenant-general and was appointed Governor-General of Algeria, a position he held from 27 September 1847 to 24 February 1848. Gold boxes by Alexandre-Raoul Morel are rare. He was born in 1801 and took over the business of his father, the famous goldsmith Gabriel-Raoul Morel in 1832. He worked in premises in the rue Neuve des Bons Enfants and was last recorded in 1850.

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