-Yellow gold case (750 thousandths), the hinged lid monogrammed "L.C.O" surmounted by a royal crown enhanced with blue enamel in a frame of chiselled foliated scrolls on an amati background.
The guilloché back also in a foliated frame underlined with shell corners.
In a red morocco case with the figure of the Duke of Nemours, the BAPST Joaillier du Roi and the crown quai de l'Ecole 30, bearing on the bottom four handwritten labels stating: "Souvenir de H.A.R le duc de Nemours.... à bord du Sphinx 29 8bre 1836
Expédition de Constantine" "Fix Allegre capitaine de corvette"
Paris 1819-1838 (3rd title)
Goldsmith: Louis François TRONQUOY Length: 8.6 cm.
Width: 5.2 cm.
Height: 1,6 cm.
Gross weight: 125 g.
(Small lacks in the enamel).
Hallmark of title and guarantee on the throat, goldsmith's hallmark in the bottom of the box.
Louis-François TRONQUOY (1798 towards -1871), goldsmith, son of Jean-François TRONQUOY opened his sign,
La Tabatière, at 8 rue des Prouvaires in Paris in 1827, he worked until 1871.
He specialized under the Restoration and the July Monarchy in the manufacture of boxes called "de présent", most often in gold, decorated with enamel or precious stones, offered by the king or by members of the royal family.
He worked in collaboration with BAPST, Jeweller to the King and the Crown.
Our box was offered by Louis-Charles-Philippe d'Orléans Duc de NEMOURS (1814-1896) second son of King
Louis-Philippe and Marie - Amélie de BOURBON-SICILES to Mr. Félix ALLEGRE (1791-1886) appointed Lieutenant Commander by order of the King on January 1st, 1835.
In 1836 they took part in the expedition against the city of Constantine during the conquest of Algeria.
The Sphinx, a sailing and steam ship, was the first steam ship of the French Navy built at the Rochefort arsenal in 1829.
In 1832, this corvette with wheels and sails, had notably towed the Luxor carrying the obelisk destined for the Place de la Concorde in Paris.
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Location of the item France - 75009 Paris