Stock Number: GRSSB2640
This beautiful French snuff box which is made of Caoutchouc (early vulcanized rubber) is made for Goodyear by De Lafertrille & Cie of Paris, France and dates from the mid 19th century.
The outer of the hinged lid is inlaid with a silver decoration with mother of pearl and the interior is embossed with a maker's inscription that reads De Lafertrille & Cie A Paris. Brevit Goodyear Sgdg. Caoutchouc.
Caoutchouc is a natural form of rubber obtained from tree sap. The process of vulcanizing rubber was discovered by Charles Goodyear and patented in 1844. This box would have been one of the early household items made of Caoutchouc.
Material: Caoutchouc. Inlaid mother of pearl and silver.
Maker: De Lafertrille & Cie of Paris, France for Goodyear.
Marks: De Lafertrille & Cie A Paris. Brevit Goodyear Sgdg. Caoutchouc.
Dimensions: Length: 8.5 cm (3 1/2"). Width: 5.5 cm (2 1/4"). Height: 2 cm (3/4").
Weight: 55 g.
Condition: Excellent antique condition with only very light signs of use in keeping with age. A small piece missing from the hinge. Please see pictures.
Please note that only the snuff box is included and any other items in the pictures are for scale only.
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