The production of silver boxes was born in Buccellati to dedicate refined engravings to some glimpses of Milan, thus crystallising some historical settings into miniatures. Buccellati then produces some silver desk or pocket boxes, mainly used to contain tobacco or cigarettes.
The “Vecchia Milano” box reproduces the arches of Porta Nuova, between Manzoni Street and Cavour square. The arches were one of the major gates in the medieval layout of the Milanese walls, around which there was a system of navigable and interconnected canals around the city. The side buildings, today used by pedestrians, represent the remains of two towers that were originally located beside the door.
Handcrafted in 1986