Hidden compartment snuff box tortoiseshell, gold and erotic miniature.
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Oval snuff box in brown tortoiseshell, entirely lined with gold. The hinged lid is decorated with a floral medallion in several different gold tones. The gold framework is intricately sculpted, and a small, shell-shaped button serves to open the box. The interior bears the inscription: Mad nev de C to RB. The snuff box features a secret compartment that contains a miniature on ivory representing an erotic scene set indoors.
Weight: 4.9 oz (138 g)
Length: 3.5 in (8.8 cm) Width: 2.6 in (6.7 cm) Height: 1 in (2.5 cm)
Most likely English work from the beginning of the 19th century.
Some wear to the interior of the snuff box.