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A FRENCH SECOND EMPIRE 18-CARAT GOLD, JEWELLED AND ENAMEL IMPERIAL PRESENTATION SNUFF BOX
A FRENCH SECOND EMPIRE 18-CARAT GOLD, JEWELLED AND ENAMEL IMPERIAL PRESENTATION SNUFF BOX

MARK OF A OVER G WITH A CAULDRON? BETWEEN, PARIS, 3RD. STANDARD, POST 1838

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A FRENCH SECOND EMPIRE 18-CARAT GOLD, JEWELLED AND ENAMEL IMPERIAL PRESENTATION SNUFF BOX
MARK OF A OVER G WITH A CAULDRON? BETWEEN, PARIS, 3RD. STANDARD, POST 1838
Opaque dark blue enamel surfaces with engraved gold foliate scrollwork, cover with rose-diamond set initial N within laurel wreath with crown above for Napoleon III, base with foliate scrollwork around a vacant reserve, sides with six foliate straps, engraved to front rim with retailer's details G.Lemonnier, Joaillier de la Couronne, 25 Place Vendôme, interior of cover inscribed in English:- Presented by their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of the French, to Mr. Nathan Thompson Jr. of New York, U.S.A. as a testimony of his Genius for inventing an invaluable Self Adjusting Life Preserving Seat which is destined to render important services to humanity, 7th April, 1855, Palace of the Tuileries
3 3/16 in. long (8.1 cm.)

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Lot Essay

A New York State patent no.10141 was granted on 18/10/1853 and the seat was probably exhibited in the Paris Exposition Universelle on the Champs Elysées held from May 15 to November 15, 1855
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