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French Nickel Jewelry Box "Lover of the Garden"

1890?  Small jewelry (?) box whose top features La Fontaine’s “L’Amateur de Jardin.”  Nickel (“Régule”)?  3¼” x 2¼ x 1¾”.  59 from taba968, Yeux, France, July, ’21.

Lovely workmanship!  I wonder if this kind of small metal box had a specific use.  Its sides are weak, as I discovered.  They can be pushed in and out!  Oops!  The scenes on the short sides – not particularly fable scenes -- match each other, as do the scenes on the long sides: a hunting dog, respectively, and two dogs chasing a boar.  The detail on the top is exciting!  This bear is ready for the climactic hit!