Continental antique mechanical box. Birds-eye maple veneer with brass hardware. The inside fittings are leaves and vines of gold tone and black metal.
The platform raises as you open the lid. We think this may be a humidor, cigarette holders on the sides with cigars in the middle, as the lining is metallic cloth. Brevete made all kinds of fitted boxes for everything you could think of so we are not sure.
361 pages. Impressive woven binding, sewn pages. I think there are about 30 hung color photos plus black & white photoes on almost every page. Informative throughout to make you an expert on old Paris Porcelain including the index debunking the myths of identifying true Paris porcelain.
I came to have two of these books is why I am selling this one at my costs.
11 1/2 x 10 inches. 1 1/2 inches thick.
Condition: Normal wear, no tears or missing pages.
A young gentleman appears to be a dwarf but I'm not sure. Highlighted in gold paint are his pocket watch chain and buttons on his high collar. His cheeks and trim on his collar are tinted pink. The photo is 2.5 by 2 inches. The case is 3 x 2.5. Daguerreotype Littlefield & Parsons thermoplastic case with brass hinges.
Condition: We are not experts, please ask questions. As found at an Atlanta estate sale and we have not cleaned it.
Spanish "Jabon Medicina" translates to "medical or medicated soap." Pretty pure white porcelain, heavy but translucent. The label is applied gold leaf on Japan black done by a professional, who was known in those days as, a labeler. The lettering, in this case, looks to have been cut with the aid of a stencil plate. The red color is hand painted, as I can see the brush strokes. A beautiful and rare example of antique druggist shop furniture, as it was called.
The gold bands on the jar bottom are gold leaf also. The gold on the lid appears to have been painted and has not held up as well as the gold leaf.
It is not marked. Maybe from Mexico or Spain. We purchased it from an estate sale in Atlanta.
Stands about 10 inches high with the lid. Weighs 3 pounds 4 ounces.
Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks, or crazing. Very clean and pretty inside.