Austrian - Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik
This metalwork manufacturer formed in 1880 by amalgamation of Straub & Sohn, Geislingen, And A. Ritten & Co., Esslingen. They produced a wide variety of decorative and domestic metalwork in silverplate, nickel plate, galvanized bronze, etc. This particular piece is an octagonal box. On its left and right side are a design that look like modern versions of columns (almost pre-Deco looking). On the front and rear are four (eight total) boxes with intricate circular and x designs in their center. They are symmetrically related to one another. The lid of the box features two half-circles (again in the front and in the rear) with designs similar to the boxes below. The handle of the lid consists of two circles, one within the other, connecting at the top of the circles. The contrast of curves and straight edges complement each other in a mysterious fashion. The stamped mark of WMF is on the bottom of the piece, though one needs a magnifying glass in order to see it. A lovely and rare piece from a bygone era in Continental craftmanship.
L: 4 in. W: 4 in. H: 3 1/4 in.
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