This is a Stunning 18th Century Georgian Tortoiseshell Silver & Gold Inlaid Pique Work Etui , the gold has not been tested so it is being sold as gold colour, this I believe was crafted c1760 to 1780 it is a Classic Georgian style of this Georgian period, with wonderful intricate inlaid gold & silver work making it over 200 years old, it has a Beautiful Shape to the Tortoiseshell case with the most Stunning Beautiful Silver & Gold intricate Inlaid Pique work to both sides, it is charmingly inlaid with a stunning silver decoration to the base and the lid. 

The colours of the Tortoiseshell dance with deep rich browns and oranges, its stunning, the quality of the craftsmanship is breath-taking. 

There is a Silver Button to the side that opens the Lid, there  a few small  chips around the hinge it opens and then closes with no clicking sound, there is a small amount of play to the hinge when open please see photos,that being said its a very special box and doesn't detract at all from its rare beauty, just mentioned for accuracy. 
 
This would have been owned by someone Wealthy in the Georgian Period. 
 
In Georgian times, etuis - word of French origin - were very popular, they came in a myriad of shapes and sizes, usually ornamental cases for holding articles such as needles, scent bottles and personal items.
 
It is so tactile and you won’t want to put it down when you hold it, condition is very good with just light wear to the edge of the Lid and this would surely add something special to any collection 
 
Size and Weight
Measures 8.6cm tall.Weight 38 grams 
(measurements and weights where specified are approximate 
Condition
Generally good. 
As Above
 
Interior lacking small implements. 
 
Wear commensurate with over 200 years of age.
Please gauge condition using photos provided.  
 
An unquestionably exquisite and fine addition for any uncompromising collector or as a display piece. 

GEORGIAN TORTOISESHELL SILVER & GOLD INLAID PIQUE ETUI

£495.00Price