So few are extant in this excellent a condition, that it is most certainly worthy of the 'rare' designation. Almost always found with damage to the delicate enamel or corrosion from salt or excessive tarnish, this specimen is as close to perfect as possible for an object ca. 1900.
Marius Hammer (his hallmark is found on the base along with the Norway silver standard of 930s) was a contemporary of Carl Faberge and like Carl for Russian enamels, Marius Hammer's works are considered the best works from Norway.
Plique-a-jour, or roughly translated as 'light of day' - refers to the suspension of enamel resulting in a stained glass effect. The suspended enamel is translucent (as can be seen in the two bottom views most closely).
The interior bottom is guilloche enamel (transparent layer of enamel over a machine-engineered ground) in a golden color. Likewise the silver has been gold-washed. There are no missing panels.
It measures 4 1/4" long from head to tail. The head and tail form a dragon-like figure. The silver filigree work is delicately and masterfully executed. A wonderful little survivor!
On a personal note, in the 25+ years that we have been antique dealers, we have had one of these only one time before approx. 10 years ago. The retail price for them has fluctuated over the years, but for the last 10 years the price has been going up steadily. We are thrilled to be able to offer one to you in this condition. It is destined to become the heart of a great collection.
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