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A FRENCH ROYAL JEWELLED PARCEL-ENAMELLED GOLD PRESENTATION SNUFF-BOX
A FRENCH ROYAL JEWELLED PARCEL-ENAMELLED GOLD PRESENTATION SNUFF-BOX

BY ETIENNE-LUCIEN BLERZY (FL. 1801-1808), MARKED, PARIS, CIRCA 1809, STRUCK WITH THE INVENTORY NUMBER 399, THE 1797 PARISIAN GUARANTEE MARK FOR GOLD ITEMS AND THE 1809 PARISIAN REVIEW MARK FOR SMALL GOLD ITEMS

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A FRENCH ROYAL JEWELLED PARCEL-ENAMELLED GOLD PRESENTATION SNUFF-BOX
BY ETIENNE-LUCIEN BLERZY (FL. 1801-1808), MARKED, PARIS, CIRCA 1809, STRUCK WITH THE INVENTORY NUMBER 399, THE 1797 PARISIAN GUARANTEE MARK FOR GOLD ITEMS AND THE 1809 PARISIAN REVIEW MARK FOR SMALL GOLD ITEMS
oval box, the cover set with an oval sablé plaque applied with silver-mounted diamond-set crowned monogram of Charles XIII of Sweden (1748-1818) and engraved with an inscription, within opaque blue enamel taille d'épargne border on a chased foliate ground, the sides and base set with panels of engine-turning within blue and black enamel taille d'épargne borders divided by four black enamel pilasters
3½ in. (87 mm.) wide
The inscription when translated from Swedish reads 'In Memory of Charles XIII on the occasion of 5 February 1818' - the day of his death.

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Charles XIII (1748-1818) was King of Sweden, as Charles XIII, from 1809 and King of Norway, as Charles II, from 1814 until his death. He was the second son of King Adolf Frederick of Sweden and Louisa Ulrika of Prussia, sister of Frederick II of Prussia. Though known as King Charles XIII in Sweden, he was actually the seventh Swedish king by that name, as Charles IX, who reigned 1604-1611, had adopted his numeral after studying a fictitious history of Sweden.
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