SOUVENIRS - France, 1782

Delicate metalwork, intricately detailed with gold, enamel, ruby, and diamond inlays.  Perhaps the first “souvenirs” originally labeled with the word. Stored at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (currently not on display).

Etymology of Souvenir: 1775, souvenir, noun, “a remembrance or memory,” from France; souvenir, verb, “to remember, come to mind,” from L. subvenire “come to mind,” from sub- “up” + venire “to come”.  Meaning “token of remembrance, memento” is first recorded 1782.