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Vintage Limoges Snakes & Snails Trinket Box

Vintage Limoges Snakes & Snails Trinket Box

$150.00

"What are little boys made of?
What are little boys made of?
  Snakes, snails
  And puppy-dogs' tails
That's what little boys are made of..."

Limoges trinket boxes have a long and fashionable history dating all the way back to the mid-1700s. The small, hinged boxes were tiny, labor-intensive works of art made with impeccable craftsmanship and hand-painted in exquisite detail. These curious little artifacts have held a number of fashionable uses over the ages: under Louis XIV these small boxes were used to hold a lock of lady's hair or small poem, but were more commonly used as snuff boxes, and later as pill boxes or simply as decorative figurines. They are still sought after today for their romance, nostalgia, and fine beauty.

Capturing the playful joys of a newborn baby boy, this sweet little Limoges trinket box borrows a line from the beloved 19th century nursery rhyme to tell "what little boys are made of".  The box is topped with baby's first shoes and is hand-painted with colorful snails and a curious snake. Opening the lid of the box reveals the rhyme's third ingredient for boys as a playful puppy-dog jumps for joy at the sight of a bird flying overhead. 

Made entirely by hand in France and trimmed in antique brass, this wonderful trinket box is sure to be a lasting, beloved gift for a newborn and become a treasured keepsake for a lifetime.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. 2" x 1.25".

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