Silver-Gilt Musical Snuff Box by François Nicole
Silver-Gilt Musical Snuff Box by François Nicole Silver-Gilt Musical Snuff Box by François Nicole Silver-Gilt Musical Snuff Box by François Nicole Silver-Gilt Musical Snuff Box by François Nicole Silver-Gilt Musical Snuff Box by François Nicole Silver-Gilt Musical Snuff Box by François Nicole
Silver-Gilt Musical Snuff Box by François Nicole
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Silver-Gilt Musical Snuff Box by François Nicole

  • This exceptional silver-gilt musical snuff box was crafted by the famed François Nicole
  • The highly complex piece contains a musical movement that plays two airs
  • Such musical snuff boxes were once considered status symbols amongst the wealthy elite
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This exceptional Swiss silver-gilt musical snuff box was crafted by the famed François Nicole. At first glance, the diminutive piece appears to simply be an exquisite 19th-century snuff box, with Neoclassical-style chased and engraved borders of foliage and flowering thistles. A quick wind of the key, however, reveals the complex mechanism hidden inside. The musical movement plays two airs with a fine single-piece comb of 61 teeth. The movement is in exceptional condition, complete with its original key.

Once known as carillons à musique, musical snuff boxes were once considered status symbols amongst the wealthy elite. A step above the traditional snuff box, musical boxes helped to influence the development and popularity of all music box production in the 19th century.

Comb stamped "F. NICOLE"

Circa 1820

3 7/16" wide x 2 1/8" deep x 1" high
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Period: 19th Century
Origin:Switzerland
Type:Other
Depth:2.125 Inches
Width:3.4375 Inches
Height:1.0 Inches
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