C. 1850 Chocolate Casket
This is one of the rarest finds of all. A Chocolate Casket made of lightweight wood and topped with a velvet center and painted flowers under glass. Scrolled gilded feet allowed this to be displayed by the lucky recipient; inside onlookers will find it stamped Masson Fabricant Du Chocolat, Paris. The sides have Italian marbled paper detail and the inside is paper lined as well.
Incredibly, the address is still stamped on the box: 28 Rue de Richelieu, Paris. I looked it up on Google maps and the door is red with the most ornate surrounding. I imagine it was a very fine chocolate shop in its day! Very few of these boxes have survived and this one is in good condition for its age and type with some slight wear to the velvet. Nicely preserved, even though these were not made to last centuries. Sadly lost is the key that once worked the lock. It’s fun to imagine where it may be today…
7 3/4” x 5” x 2 3/4″