Oh, this one is fabulous! A mid-1800s French cigar or cheroot case that is so beautifully crafted, it's a work of art. With a fine French sterling silver (tiniest marks, my photographer did not capture them very well, but they're there - .800/1000 pure silver, so slightly under sterling standard, but stronger silver for small objects like this. He has that mark upside down, having thought he was seeing the French eagle's head which would have meant 18k solid gold. But it is the boar's head, mark that confirms .800/1000 pure silver. And the mark is used after 1838. Case would be c.1850-80, quite certain. If I can locate the silversmith's records, we'll pin it down even closer. The condition of this wonderful case is truly superb, and that silver and gold cartouche in deep cast or repoussé that has hunt theme makes it all the more appealing and special. Crossed rifles, hunter's game bag - it's going to appeal to those of you who love the old Black Forest plaques, isn't it. Does me! I am tempted to take up cigars just to use this one, though I tried a really good (they tell me) Davidoff cigar recently and it kind of made me too sick to take up the habit. Still, I used these as a little clutch back when I worked for Paramount, Inc., and RIA before that, for evening "after hours" mixers. GREAT conversation starter that let me end up passing out a lot of my business cards, which I'd tucked inside one side. Car key and a credit card on the other side and it was perfect. You might use it that way, or as a case for your spectacles, which I also do now and then. The case is 5" long, other measurements are found directly on the photos. THIS is a personal favorite! You're sure to buy it away from me, aren't you.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. The work on this one is just magnificently done. There's a tiny ding-dent or two on that brass frame, but not on the silver panels, themselves. And leather is highest quality, baffles are good, expanding the case in use. The silk lined interior is the old original and in very good condition as you can see. It appears to not have been used much if at all. Likely a treasured gift or memento of a particular hunt. The contra pose of the 18k gold sections against the silver are superb, as you can see.
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Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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