Dating from around 1810, this French antique jewellery box in Palisander wood is edged and mounted in brass. It is further decorated with a brass strap work design surrounding a diamond shaped central plate to the lid, and a charming ‘moustache’ shaped front escutcheon.
The interior of the box is lined with purple velvet and moiré silk.
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.
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