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19th Century French Secret Compartment Etui Pendant


In the 18th and 19th century, women had "etuis" - little decorative cases, usually with a hinged lid, with individual slots to hold household and personal items like a hairbrush, a pencil, a flask of perfume, sewing stuff. This is an "etui" in miniature, a golden egg-shaped one engraved in France in the late 19th century. The tools are all completely useless and can't be removed. If you grip the tiny scissors and try, you'll find the hidden compartment where a woman might have stored yet another kind of secret useful item. What was it? Can't say.


  • Materials

    18k gold (marked), new 14k gold chain

  • Age

    c. 1880

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    1" length including the bale, 18" chain





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.

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