1700s Palais Royal Chatelaine Necessaire, Case, 3 Etui, Louis XVI Era Purse. All items and photos are the express property of Antiques & Uncommon Treasure. No reproduction without prior written consent. We'll be sending out sale notices and special deals to our'Favorites' customers. It seems more a gentleman's chatelaine than a woman's, really, and it occurs to me the side cases might well have held sealing wax and a sceau, or wax seal rather than thimble and measuring tape.
The interior fittings of the larger etui or'necessaire' is fitted for a pocket knife, scissors, a stylus or pencil, a long slender 2-leaf writing tablet and, finally, a toothpick or bodkin with ear wax spoon on one end. Necessities more suited to travel than to sewing.
There is a hook higher up, likely for a pocket watch. Beautiful old treasure, it has lost those implements and tools it would once have held within. But for display, or for reenactments, costume or movie set - it's every bit the beauty it started out as some 270 years ago.I do think it has a generous layering of karat gold. Another I have of this period tested variously from 12k to 18k, and I suspect this might be plated with something similar. It has no tarnish to the intricately cast motifs, recesses. I do not think it is solid gold, however. Lots of photos for your review.
The work of the goldsmith, metalsmith on this one is so elegant. A one of a kind. Very good to excellent condition as you see it, with the flaw/consideration being it does not have the implements or tools which once would have filled it.
Over time, a wonderful project piece for someone who wishes to find replacement and period implements. Imagine the fun you'll have wandering French markets to find spare bits. We're easy to deal with. Our fine inventory is very important.And your ranking of our performance is also very important! We wish to keep our 4.9 - 5 star ratings in all categories. We always insure our items BUT, more importantly, pack them extremely well knowing that most are not replaceable.
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