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Art Deco French Silver & 18K Gold Powder Compact Mirror, Engraved Squirrel with Ruby Eye
Art Deco French .800 silver and 18K gold inset compact mirror. Circa 1920s. This gorgeous mixed metal compact is elegant in styling and of quality craftsmanship. A finely engraved motif adorns the lid, decorated with a charming scene of a squirrel in an oak tree. With acorn in its paws, this delightful squirrel features a bezel set ruby eye and 18K gold body. The gold push button closer at the front opens the hinged lid to reveal a mirror and powder well with a sifter screen in place. A geometric pattern adorns the back of the compact. Retains the original black suede protective sleeve or case.
Hallmarked behind the mirror with the conjoined boar and eagle head. From 1829, items made of both gold and silver were stamped with a conjoined boar’s and eagle’s head. The eagle's head hallmark signifies French made items that are constructed of a minimum 18k/750 gold. The inside of the powder well and the mirror surround are hallmarked with the head of the wild boar. The wild boar mark indicates a silver content of .800/1000. The mark was typically used on small objects of at least 80% pure silver content, close to .925 sterling. Bearing a maker's mark of initials G.R., likely for goldsmith Gaston Rogégé active 1920 and whose workshop was located at 12 rue d'Alger, Paris. Measures 3" x 3" x 3/8" thick. In good vintage condition with general wear commensurate with use and handling.
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