Rich green over a rigid grid of basse taille lines is brought to life with the whiplash curves so emblematic of the Art Nouveau movement. The curves seem to surf over their green field, surrounding two pearls bubbling up in the center. Careful chasing adds visual depth to the curves, showing the delicate craftsmanship of this piece. Once you slide it open, a pleasant and practical surprise awaits: a concave mirror perfectly positioned to allow for full viewing. Made in the Austro-Hungarian Empire around the turn of the century.
Condition: Excellent antique condition. Original concave mirror. Some blemishing to the underside of the mirror, and it looks as though the rope decoration around the inside has partly been pushed under the mirror. I do, however, believe that the mirror is original, to have such an odd size perfectly beveled, fitted, and concaved mirror in place is weighty evidence that it is original. But, that does not mean that at one time in the past the mirror could have come loose and been re-glued, pushing the rope border down underneath one section. Otherwise a little tarnish, a little wear, but nothing beyond the average for the time. Measures 1 ¼" long by 1 3/16 at its widest, not including the bale or hoop. Marked with the Austria-Hungary Diana's head mark in a sextagon indicating the 1872-1922 date range. I have so far been unable to decipher what is likely a city mark above, but I have included a much lightened and enhanced photograph to show the marks as clearly as possible, and anyone who can decipher more, please feel free to email me, I'm always happy to learn more. From what I can decipher, the silver content should be .900 (a little less than sterling silver) with a bronze layer on the inside.