Gilded and red leather box, Paris

Gilded and red leather box, Paris

Gilded and red leather box (after conservation with photomicrograph detail of gilt work on the lid of the box).
Paris, France
about 1809
Museum no. M.560-1908

Gilded and red leather box that is thought to have been made in Paris circa 1809. This box houses an enamelled gold box, set with brilliant-cut pastes and a miniature of Napoleon I, makers mark 'VB' Post-Revolutionary Paris marks for 1809-1819.
The plaque on the interior of the leather box is inscribed with the words - 'Presented to Adm. Sir Thos. Ussher by the Emperor Napoleon at Portoferrajo in the Isle of Elba, on the 27th May 1814'.

The box was surface cleaned to remove ingrained soiling.