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Exquisite tole marriage trunk. Lille 1890

SKU: TMIR000146
  • Exquisite tole marriage trunk. Lille 1890


    This trunk has fantastic colour to it. The main body is russet brown and it has highlights of muddy yellow and green. The internal is an amazing vibrant lime green. It has been hand riveted together and the handle, hinges and clasp are all original. The floral painting is naively charming and the lettering is beautifully done.


    These would generally been used to collect the dowry of the unmarried women or to celebrate a marriage. This particular one is from Thumesnil in Northern France near Lille. It dates to the 1890s. It was clearly for the marriage of Dekoninck and Geraert.


    It is in great condition for its age with very little chipping and the clasp and hinges are working perfectly.




    H: 25cm (10 in)

    W: 29 cm (11.5 in)

    D 20 cm (8 in)