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A magnificent reticulated sterling silver snuff bottle, circa 1900-1920. The bottle features Chinese style bats on one side and features a floral scene on the reverse. Mask handles on the sides and an ornate top depicting coins and other embellishments complete the piece. Even the spoon is cast as a dragon! This is a heavy piece at over 3 1/2 ounces; the interior is sterling and the reticulated decoration is over the interior shell. Hallmarked (the Chinese did not have an assay office but export pieces were marked by the maker and sometimes marked with the purity, as is the case here). The is an additional silver "hallmark" that we can't make out on the footrim, possibly looks like Tuck Chang and Company. Measures 3 3/8 inches (8.6cm) tall with the top in place. The stopper is wound silk. Incredibly beautiful and well made! Snuff bottles of high silver content and sterling are extremely rare! A much less elaborate example sold from the Bloch collection for over 3900 USD.
Weight: 101.65g or 3.58 ounces, 3.26 troy ounces
Hallmarked 925 +: yes, purity is marked
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A Magnificent Rare Antique Chinese Sterling Silver Snuff Bottle
$650 USD SOLD
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