Dating from 1806, this antique jewellery box in Cuban Mahogany takes the form of an elliptic cylinder. The box was manufactured in Paris, France by Georges Marie Paul Vital Bonifacio Monbro, and retailed by jeweller, A. Bonnet in Lyon, France.
The interior of the box is lined and ruched with a peridot green velvet. The ruched velvet panel in the lid can be removed to reveal both the original paper manufacturer’s and retailer’s labels.
The double action lock has been fitted with a cloverleaf (tréfle) shaped drill pin. Made significant by its usage on the magnificent 1787 and 1791 ’Nécessaire de Voyage’ boxes commissioned by Marie Antoinette, the cloverleaf shape is believed to symbolise the Christian holy trinity. This unusual shape makes the lock extremely hard to open without its characteristic key, and further serves to add complication for any lock picker or locksmith with the unenviable task of key duplication. ... READ more READ less