Unique French 18ct Gold Enamel Box Queen Elizabeth Royal Present Lefevre Ca1860 For Sale
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Unique French 18ct Gold Enamel Box Queen Elizabeth Royal Present Lefevre Ca1860:
Magnificent, unique and important French 18 carat gold, enamel, pearl and hand painted box with royal provenance, the box made in Paris, France, circa 1860.
The box is exceptional and has a historic and unique provenance coming from the private collection of the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother - see below.
This is an absolutely remarkable and museum quality French gold box, rectangular in shape with straight sides and canted corners.
The box has stunning chased gold mounts with fine enamel decoration and pearls around the top rim.
The lid, underside and all sides of the box have magnificent hand painted classical scenes.
The inside rim of the box has the inscription ''Presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother on Her 70th Birthday by a Devoted Subject''.
Whilst it is not known who the 'Devoted Subject' is/was, the box was given to The Queen Mother and was subsquently given by her to William Tallon, the favourite and private butler to The Queen Mother for over 30 years. The box was acquired from the estate of William Tallon, affectionately known as ''Backstairs Billy'', after his death in 2007.
The box is large and heavy. It is 3-1/2 inches / 89 mm wide, 2-5/8 inches / 66 mm deep and it stands 1-5/8 inches / 41 mm high.
Made of thick gauge 18 carat gold, the box weighs an impressive 258 grams.
The box comes in it's fitted leather, silk and velvet lined case.
The box has clear French hallmark and maker's mark for Lefevre Freres.
The box is in absolutely pristine condition with no dents, damage or repair.
This is an exceptional and highly important French gold box in it's own right with the addition of a unique and historic royal provenance.
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I will post worldwide and I aim to despatch items within 3 days from receipt of payment. Shipments within UK are via Royal Mail Special Delivery next day service. Overseas shipments are via Royal Mail International signed for service. If you require shipment via courier service (eg TNT/UPS etc), this can be arranged at additional cost by mutual agreement.
All items are well packed in brand new carton boxes and appropriate bubble wrap / tissue paper etc.
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