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18th Century Agate Seal Box

$2,500

An utterly remarkable tiny Georgian box carved from agate and fitted in gold. The lip of the box holds traces of the white enamel that once adorned it and reads 'Gage de mon amitie' which translates to 'Pledge of my friendship.' The base is fitted with a white tassie seal with two birds facing one another beneath the words 'Vivons Unit,' French for 'Let's live together.' Who knows for sure what this opulent box was designed to hold, we like to think it was the presentation case for an engagement ring. We've fitted this little treasure with gold loops and chain so it can be worn as a necklace.

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  • Materials

    18k gold (tests), traces of white enamel, agate, white glass seal, new 14k gold fittings and chain

  • Age

    c. 1780

  • Condition

    Very good - enamel is mostly worn away; lip lifts slightly on one side but closes securely; fittings and chain are new additions

  • Size

    box measures 3/4" x 7/8" x 5/8", box with chain hangs at 1 3/4", 18" chain

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please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.