C1900 French Grand Tour 18k Gold Etui Necessaire Souvenir Case Mirror & Tools For Sale
C1900 FRENCH GRAND TOUR 18K GOLD ETUI NECESSAIRE SOUVENIR CASE MIRROR & TOOLS
This listing is for an antique, circa 1900, French Grand Tour Souvenir etui or necessaire case.
(This is from the estate of Monique Uzielli a European aristocrat who passed away in 2011 at the age of 98. She was the owner of a 5th Avenue New York penthouse which is now on the market for 27.5 million dollars.)
The case measures 3 by 2 1/4 inches and is 1/2inch thick or 75 by 40 by 12 mm. The outside of the case is in a material that I am not familiar with. However it looks like gutta percha. It ismounted on an 18 karat gold frame. Both the front and back of the case have an inset decoration of gold and silver showing two fancy birds in a garden setting.
The cover of the case is hinged. Inside there is a variety of tools etc. They are an 18k gold framed mirror, an 18k gold needle, a 14k gold tipped pencil and a 14k gold tipped steel toothpick. There is also an 18k gold riveted folding ox bone pad. All of these tools are set in an 18k gold fitted frame.
Notice the inside of the case is all in 18k gold and quite thick. It is impossible to estimate gold weight here because of the outer case, mirror glass, silver and steel catch, hinge etc, make that not possible. But the total weight of the case is 61.8 pennyweights or 96.1 grams.
All the gold has been tested and of course is guaranteed to be as advertised.
The condition is as follows. Overall it is excellent, there are no missing tools, the hinge is tight and sound and the case apart from some very minor scratches is in good condition there is however, a small hairline crack at the back top case. However the two inset gold and silver decorations (the birds in the garden) have been crudely reglued in place and have raised somewhat. This should be attended to and fixed by any competent jeweler. Please see many photos.
This is another pretty extraordinary piece from this estate.
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