A European varicolor gold & silver-mounted tortoiseshell snuffbox, possibly French, second half of the 18th century. Of oval form, the hinged lid inset with an engraved portrait of Empress Elizabeth I (Elizaveta Petrovna) of Russia with a silver engraved ribbon readingElisabet I de Russie, the border inset with a pattern of scrolls, shells, & blossoms in varicolor gold & silver, the sides & underside of the snuffbox floral sprays in engraved varicolor gold & silver, with conforming pierced & engraved gold mount struck with French control marks. Dimensions: 1 5/8″ h x 3 5/8″ w x 2 5/8″ d (4.1 x 9.2 x 6.7 cm).
Condition: Right side of lid with small crack
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