Reuge Swiss Miniature Music Box mounted in an engraved and engine turned sterling silver gilt case by Morelli Sirio of Florence, Italy, c.2960.
The top of the case has a wonderfully carved Mother of Pearl scene of a man serenading a woman, with the pair sitting on a crescent moon.
The carving is held in place by 28 broad point engraved tabs surrounded by a wire rope border.
The sides of the case have foliate engravings and a loop and jump ring.
The back of the case has engine turned decorations, the winding knob, marked REUGEâ€¢ PATâ€¢ on one side and ST-CROIXâ€¢SWISS on the other, on one corner of the back and the stop start pull knob on the other.
The 17 note music box is in working condition and the gilt finish has a nice patina. with the carved Mother of Pearl being in excellent condition.
It weighs 21 grams and is 1" long, 13/16" wide and 7/16" thick.
The soft, warm, original finish is present, with no buffing or machine polishing.
The excellent original condition and clear, crisp detail, with no monograms, removals, repairs or alterations, make this an especially attractive offering.