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A rare Mexican Imperial Presentation gold snuff box
Estimate
18,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 48,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
87
A rare Mexican Imperial Presentation gold snuff box
Estimate
18,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 48,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A rare Mexican Imperial Presentation gold snuff box

struck: 18, otherwise unmarked, circa 1865

rectangular with cut corners, the lid applied in high relief with a portrait in profile to dexter of Emperor Maximilian of Mexico within a laurel garland and the chain of the Order of the Mexican Eagle, instituted by Maximilian in 1865, below the Imperial crown, ropework and acanthus borders, the sides applied with beading a nd scrolled flourishes


length 9cm, 3 1/2 in
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Provenance

L.G. Cockhead Esq., Carlisle Grange, Eastbourne, sale Christie's, 16 March 1948, lot 90;
anonymous vendor, Sotheby's Geneva, 14 November 1987, lot 109

Catalogue Note

Maximilian, Archduke of Austria, younger brother of Emperor Franz Joseph I, was born in Vienna on 6 July 1832. He married Princess Charlotte of Belgium in 1857. In 1864 he was manoeuvred by Napoleon III into accepting the Imperial throne of Mexico. On 19 June 1867, he was executed at Quaretaro. According to family tradition, the box was presented to the Emperor by a group of admirers who had raised money among themselves for the expensive gift.

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