10 December 2002
A GERMAN JEWELLED AND ENAMELLED GOLD ROYAL PRESENTATION SNUFF-BOX
manner of Carl Martin Weishaupt & Söhne (fl. c. 1837 - after 1870), marked, Hanau, circa 1850/1860, with the Hanau town mark and 14-carat gold mark, engraved with inventory no. 1649
Rectangular box with wavy outlines, the lid centred by a circular slightly raised plaque enamelled in translucent blue on a concentrical bright-cut engine-turned ground and applied with old-cut diamond silver-mounted scrolling Gothic initial 'H' a Royal crown above, flanked by six raised silver-mounted old-cut diamonds surrounded by cast gold ivy leaves interwoven with branches on a matted ground, the wavy bulging sides and base engraved with strapwork, scrolls and flowers, the incorporated thumbpiece cast with ivy leaves
3 7/16 in. (87 mm.) wide
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The initial may be that of Henri of Bourbon, Comte de Chambord (1820-1883), pretender to the French throne after 1836. He was the son of the duc de Berry and his wife Marie-Caroline of Naples-Two-Siciles.
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