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To pass love letters........A rare and charming Swiss enameled étui .Comprised of yellow gold, this discrete message case is beautifully decorated with garlands, birds and a classical vase. Small, easily concealed étuis such as this would have been used to pass correspondence, and were sealed with wax to ensure discretion. A work of incredible artistry, this étui flawlessly reflects the 18th-century taste for dynamic forms, classical motifs and intricate ornamentation.

To pass love letters........A rare and charming Swiss enameled étui .Comprised of yellow gold, this discrete message case is beautifully decorated with garlands, birds and a classical vase. Small, easily concealed étuis such as this would have been used to pass correspondence, and were sealed with wax to ensure discretion. A work of incredible artistry, this étui flawlessly reflects the 18th-century taste for dynamic forms, classical motifs and intricate ornamentation.

18th century samples from a wax seal maker. photo by ginny branch.

18th century samples from a wax seal maker. photo by ginny branch.

copy of an antique French letter with an 18th century French fashion plate photos photoshopped on top.

copy of an antique French letter with an 18th century French fashion plate photos photoshopped on top.

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