These came in a myriad of forms, many survive and we see them in museums around the world. This one could well be on display in the Musee des Arts Decoratif in the Louvre in Paris, where many similar etui fascinate visitors every day. The Billet Doux is 5.5 inches in length, sometimes is confused as being a needles case, though of course it is not. The Billet Doux, Literally a sweet note, it is the term for a love letter, essentially and often rolled and sent by courrier inside a beautiful tube like the one on offer here for sale, the tube is itself known as a billet doux for this reason, used in many centuries.His would have once belonged to a very wealthy French Lady of. And been used i would say on many occassion to carry love letters, this was many many years ago when times were so very different, if this could talk i can just imagine what fascinating stories it could tell, this is so very tactile and once held it has the most wonderful feel. This will add something very special to any collection, my photos dont do it justice. It is in wonderful condition. You will not find another like this on the market, it is very special and extremely rare. Lovely condition with a couple of very old hairlines to the screw of top and a little chipping to the base as you can see, that being said it doesnt detract at all from its rare beauty, just mentioned for accuracy. All Antique silver items will show some signs of wear, which only adds to the history of the object..... The item "BEAUTIFUL RARE CHINESE CARVED LOUIS XVI FRENCH BILLET DOUX LOVE LETTER HOLDER" is in sale since Friday, August 9, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Boxes". The seller is "silver_antiques_uk" and is located in United Kingdom. This item can be shipped worldwide.