Art Deco French sterling silver jeweled compact mirror. Circa 1920's. Beautifully engraved on the lid and back, patterned with spring flowers. Further enhanced with 14 cabochon sapphires set into the flower centers. The sapphires are 2.86 mm round (approx. average size). Opens to a mirror and powder well and retains a sifter screen. Hallmarked with the French Minerve 1st standard mark used from 1838 to 1919, which depicts the goddess Minerva with a number 1 beside her to denote a silver content of 950/1000 (of 95% pure silver and a higher finesse than .925 sterling). Also bearing maker's mark for Max Boinet, active 1924, whose workshop was located at 100 rue Saint-Lazare and at 7 rue de Surene, Paris. Measures 3" x 3 1/8". Weighs a total of 168.1 grams. In overall good vintage condition. Some surface scratches commensurate with use. Two stones are replacements.
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