French Emperor Napoleon III Gold and Diamond Presentation Snuffbox
    Retailed by Froment-Meurice, Paris, circa 1855, maker's mark ?LB

    Rectangular, the hinged cover decorated with scrolls on a matted ground, the center with initial N for Napoleon III, Emperor of France (r. 1852-1870) set with rose and old mine-cut diamonds below an Imperial diamond-set crown on an oval royal blue guilloché enamel plaque-3 1/2 x 2 1/4, in original red leather fitted case with crowned N

    Napoleon III (1808-1873)

    The nephew of his illustrious namesake, Napoleon III came to power through the ballot box when elected president of France after King Louis-Philippe was toppled from the throne by the 1848 Revolution. Constitutionally barred from a second term, he seized power in a coup d'état in 1852 and proclaimed himself Emperor. At home Napoleon III's rule improved the lives of the poor and saw Paris modernized under Baron Hausmann, but his adventurous foreign policy led to a disastrous war with Prussia in 1871, which cost him his crown.

    Lady Keith Nancy
    Christie's, New York

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    In excellent condition, no chips to the enamel, no diamonds missing and gold in excellent condition with no nicks, dents or scratches.

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