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Swiss Gold Musical Snuff Box

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Embossed with a delightful braided gold design, the two-compartment box features an oval agate key

Key Features

  • Musical snuff boxes such as this one were called carillons à musique
  • It is chased and engraved with elaborate swirls of ornate foliage
  • The taking of snuff was a highly regarded social ritual among the European elite
  • 19th century gold music boxes were highly desired objects of status.
  • This extraordinary gold box is a most exquisite and rare objet d'art.
  • Circa 1820

Item Details

  • Width:
    3 1/4" Inches
  • Height:
    7/8 Inches
  • Depth:
    2" Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
    Switzerland
This special and important Swiss gold music box is chased and engraved with a set of musical instruments surrounded by elaborate swirls of ornate foliage. Embossed with a delightful braided gold design, the two-compartment box features an exquisite oval agate key, which opens a recessed lock in the base of the box.  Such a box would have been a prized possession and would have been able to fit neatly into a gentleman's waistcoat pocket.

Ingenious miniature portable devices, musical snuff boxes such as this one were called carillons à musique.   Highly desired objects of status and crafted primarily in Switzerland, they influenced the development and popularity of all music box production in the 19th century.  

Circa 1820

 3 1/4" wide x 2" deep x 7/8" high

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