Baccarat - Silver mounted pencil box, Duke's crown !! c. 1860 - .950 silver, Crystal

Description
Baccarat - Silver mounted pencil box, Duke's crown !! c. 1860 - .950 silver, Crystal
France - Late 19th century

Long Baccarat crystal box, solid silver lid, part of a Napoleon III period toiletry set, mid 19th century circa 1860.
The format is ideal as a desk trim for storing ballpoint pencils.

Beautiful model in cut strong crystal with cut-off sides, lid in guilloché silver decorated with a large Louis XV style engraved and openwork cartouche in which is engraved a Duke's crown topped by a monogram PL.


The lid has the Minerva 1st grade hallmark, as well as a goldsmith's mark.

A beautiful witness to the refinement of the aristocracy's art of living in the 19th century. While everyday objects decorated with count or marquis crowns are more common to find, ducal crowns are extremely rare (highest level in the "hierarchy" of nobility titles, under princes, kings and emperors).
Beautiful set, unique opportunity.

Length: 16.8 cm
Width: 4.3 cm
Height: 3.6 cm
Lid weight: Approx. 60 g including the mount of the box. Luxury manufacturing, it's the weight of a silver tumbler!

Lot details
Object
Baccarat - Silver mounted pencil box, Duke's crown !! c. 1860
Material
.950 silver, Crystal
Estimated Period
Late 19th century
Country of Origin
France
Condition
Excellent condition - barely used with minimal signs of aging & wear
Weight
60 g
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