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Writing Case and Pen Case

Location

FRANCE

Title

Writing Case and Pen Case

Date

After 1805

Materials

Long grain red morocco, gilt fittings

Dimensions

Writing case: 32.2 x 33 cm; Pen case : 31.5 cm (h.), 3.8 cm (diam.)

Credits

Ben Weider Collection, inv. 2008.404.1-2

Collection

Decorative Arts and Design

That this writing case and pen case belonged to the Emperor is clear from the inscription “Napoleon, Emperor and King”. The stains on the leather betray Napoleon’s slapdash writing; he was famous for splashing the ink around. His white cashmere breeches were constantly stained with ink, as he wiped his pen on them when writing. This item, unique among Napoleonic collections, also bears the imperial emblems: laurels, oak leaves and gold bees.

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