A precious French sweet or candy box (boite a dragees) from the French Empire/ English Regency era. This circa 1810 to 1815 small, rectangular pressed card box with its original old bubbled glass lid contains an engraving of Napoleon walking past a snoozing hussar soldier. Very rare indeed to find Napoleon on such a box.

This sweet little box once held fancy confectionery. It was considered a real treat to visit your local chocolatier and hand select sweet delights to place in your individually chosen box. The real pleasure was then unveiling this highly decorative candy box to both friends and visitors; the surprise when they saw the gorgeous outer box and the inner confections that lay within!!

This charming little box from Empire period France is the perfect addition to your candy box or Napoleon collection...

Please see our other early 19th century dragee boxes, we have been very fortunate to purchase a collection from a well loved English collector's estate. Some are very special examples indeed.

Size: 4 3/4 inch by 4 inch by 1 inch ( 12.3 cm by 10 cm by 3 cm)

Condition: After 200 plus years good. Minor foxing to the original print under the old glass. Minor wear to the card edges. It opens and closes well. Bottom right corner slightly squashed - lower than others when viewed from a certain angle.

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RARE Antique French Candy Box Boite a Dragees of Napoleon and Soldier Circa 1810


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