After WWII, many Americans started traveling again for pleasure and often they would bring back souvenirs from each of their stop overs. Thus, these wonderful cases found there way home to the United States.
This one has a gorgeous chased scroll-y floral design and the 'catch' or clasp is set with a vivid blue moonstone or a moonstone-like stone . As you can see from the photos when you slide the clasp upwards, the lipstick part slides up as well and then the hidden hinged mirror appears. This particular one looks unused - no lipstick remnants at all. It is in excellent condition.
The 800 Italy touch stamp appears on the top portion of the lipstick holder so to see it you have to remove it completely. The last photo shows its position. If you are not aware, the number 800 refers to the silver content. It means 800 out of 1000 parts pure silver content. 925 is the 'sterling' standard. 800 is often referred to as 'continental' silver.
Please note that although we think the stone in the clasp is moonstone, it may be faux-moonstone. Thus, please assume it is may be either another semi-precious stone or possibly even glass. We, however, do not think it is glass because typically, the Florentine makers of these cases did use actual semi-precious stones to adorn them.
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