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Rectangular writing supplies case with a slightly tapered base and gold mounting.The gold panels of the case are decorated with mother-of-pearl. A button serves to open the hinged lid which bears the inscription, Souvenir d’Amitié (Souvenir of Friendship). The body of the case features two oval medallions On one side is a young women in 18th century dress ans in the other side a young shepherdess in 18th century costume. The gold cage frame is finely worked and has a decor of zigzags and stylized flowers. A hidden system opens the medallions with a push button. This system probably allowed to hide the portraits of the loved one.The interior of the case contains writing supplies including an ivory tablet with a gold rivet, a crayon.
18th century style. Period mid 19th-century.
L: 2.9 in. (7,5 cm) / H: 1.9 in. (5 cm).