On our way down south last winter we stopped at the Puyallup, Wa., swap meet. I collect little boxes as keepsakes of places I visit. While dashing around the swap meet, this little box just about jumped off the table into my pocket. On closer examination it said Limoges in the tiniest print on the top and larger on the bottom. At $4.00, I had to have it. Today, I finally took the time to research these little Limoges boxes. Most of them I looked at had the hinges on them and so I thought that mine was just a very nice copy. More searching on the internet shows me the manufacturer's name on the back. It is Fontanille and Marraud piece, probably from the 1930s.
My little box has the stamp on the left. It is made in Limoges, France. I have seen pictures of other hinged boxes using this same design of the dancing couple. Its very intricate and a lovely thing. I now have a new craze for collecting Limoges. There are very many of these boxes that were used for snuff boxes, gift boxes, pill boxes, patch boxes, perfume boxes, etc. It is quite interesting. Probably the most famous Limoges would be the Faberge eggs done for the Tzar (Pat says for the omelette) to give to his mistress.
When I get more time I shall do up better pictures of this little treasure box.
I have several time consuming hobbies that I enjoy. Gardening was my first passion. When I got my computer my garden suffered some neglect but for all that the garden still looks pretty good.
To those two I have more recently added photography. Photography relates to all of my hobbies, as well as to travel, and seems to tie them all together.
I have a high maintenance, wonderfull husband, who remains the primary interest.
Canon EOS Elan 7e - 35 mm - Feb 2015 - traded the camera body to Kerrisdale Cameras - Lens: Canon EF 28 - 135 mm F/3.5 - 5.6 IS Canon EF 50mm F/1.4 USM Canon EF 28 - 90 mm F/1.4 - 5.6
Canon Powershot A50 - digital - Lens: 4.3 - 10.8 mm 1:2.6 - 4.0
Canon Powershot S3 IS - digital - Lens: 12X 6.0 - 72.0 mm 1:2 -3.5 USM - Canon 58mm Close Up lens 500D - Canon tele-converter TC-DC58B 1.5x - Canon wide converter WC-DC58A 0.75x
Canon EOS Rebel Tli or 500d - uses same lenses and filters as the Canon Elan 7e
Holga 120S - Lens: 60 mm 1:8 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W560 - Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar in camera panorama wide angle lens Canon Powershot SX60 HS traded my SX40 to upgrade to SX60 - Feb 2015 Lens: 43.8 - 247.0 mm 1:3.4 - 6.5 USM, wide angle with 60X optical zoom