Persian Silver Paan Box, circular, the cover and sides decorated with Assyrian style panels. Height: 1 inches, Width: 4.5 inches Dated First half 20th century Marked "84" on bottom which is Russian silver standard. 84 zolotniks equates to 87.5% fine silver. Paan is an Indian/Pakistani, Persian Gulf and Southeast Asian tradition of chewing betel leaf (Piper betel) with areca nut and slaked lime paste, and katha brown powder paste, with many regional and local variations. It is a betel leaf, chewed as a palate cleanser, a breath freshener, and for digestive purposes.
The auction value estimate from Value My Stuff is 300-400. Retail value is estimated about 700.00.
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