The inner lip is beautifully worked in colored straw work, a favored decorative style in early-mid 1800s. The etui looks a bit like shagreen but it is a deep moss green but almost looks like Vernis Martin layering of color and varnish. The pressed 18k gold'cameo' in the 18k gold frame on back side is backed by crimson foil. Full measurements are noted on the photos.It seems to me the case may have initially had an 18k corner trim encircling the top and the bottom, but it displays very nicely as it is. Likely the'favor' from a formal ball, made as the souvenir to be kept afterward. Both cover glasses are pristine, clear and crisp. The gold bands do have French 18k gold poincon, tiny as they are, guarantee for 18k.
A re-mention of the likelihood of encirclement of top and bottom which seems to me would have been on this one, but has gone missing (18k edge trim or band similar to center bands). The portrait is not perfect, as you can see.
Perhaps a little moisture at some point, or flaking paint touched up, but identity is clear on the old backing, and I've included his likeness as well. A very important figure in the history of France. We're easy to deal with. Our fine inventory is very important.
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