General Henri Bertrand (1773-1844), one of the emperor's most loyal aides, had first come to Napoléon's attention for his bravery during the Egyptian campaign and accompanying him thereafter, being appointed Grand Marshal in 1813, probably the occasion of the gift of this presentation snuff box. Bertrand, his wife (born Fanny Dillon) and young family endured voluntary exile with Napoléon on St Helena and were at the emperor's deathbed. Bertrand had been appointed one of the executors of Napoléon's will and in 1840 was invited to return to St Helena to retrieve Napoléon's remains.
Gabriel Raoul Morel (Paris 1764 – Passy 1832) entered a first goldsmith’s mark, using a flower (described as a bouquet) as device, on 22 Messidor, an V (1797). He is subsequently recorded by Douët at 5 place Thionville in 1806. He entered the lozenge mark seen on this box (GRM below an ear) in 1812/13 when he moved to 3 rue du Coq-St-Honoré, taking over the premises of Victoire Boisot, widow of Etienne-Lucien Blerzy.
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