Striking and unusual antique jewelry or cigarette box measuring 7-1/2" long, 3" deep and 3" tall. Featuring amazing hand hammered sheet silver cladding the sides and top, background is finely stippled with raised, stylized flowing detail - so Art Nouveau or Arts & Crafts in design. Bearing tiny stamped flowers on the sides, back and lid edge, silver panels are mounted with the tiniest nails hammered into place as shown - very finely done. Interior is lined in cedar wood (I believe) - wood flange sits above the edge, allowing for a tight seal - box probably started out life as a humidor or cigarette holder, but would work perfect as a jewelry or trinket box as well. Although unmarked, I believe this was made by French designer Alfred Daguet.
Condition is very nice -- I did not test the silver, so selling as silverplate - I find no damage other than the inconsistencies of a hand made piece - an old tiny nail repair on one corner as shown and a tiny hint of loss on the back corner -- the cladding on the bottom back has pulled away from the nails, but is still securely in place - I think it could easily be glued should you wish, but does not impact function or show. Just a beautiful old box - visually interesting - the epitome of Art Nouveau - lovely addition to any home, collection or display!