This Tiffany safe is absolutely stunning with an all hand engraved pattern that runs continuously around all four sides of the safe. As you can see the lid and the base has a running stem of tiny leaves. The main pattern around the body of the safe contains flaring and curlicue leaves as well as a small group of flowers on the backside. The main pattern is completed with a background of hand engraved, very closely spaced, thin horizontal lines. As a finishing touch the designer of the safe didn't just put a common striker on his piece but created an unusual and somewhat complex patterned striker.
The sterling is in excellent condition with no rips, dents, holes, cracked seams, nasty scratches, abrasions or repairs. You will find less then expected of that normal faint surface scuffing on the smooth un-patterned areas from use and old style cleaners. The lid's original hinge is an internal hidden hinge that is in working order without repair. The lid has it's proper interior closure mechanism and closes with a good click. When you close the safe the lid is firmly closed with a proper alignment of rims, there is no wiggle & it stays closed when safe is shaken. With close inspection you can find a couple of those very tiny sized faint surface indentations at the base's corners next to the striker. The striker is still very well defined as when I lightly rub my finger nail across I feel the texture. The patterns have excellent definition, crisp and very well defined with no evidence of uneven wear. My last photo, 1st insert, shows engraved presentation of three initials I or J then E.H. The 3rd. insert, same photo, is a picture looking into the body of the safe to show there are no holes or cracked seams.
The mark's are on the inside bottom lip as seen in the last insert of the last photo. The safe measures 2 2/8" tall x 1 3/16" wide x approx. 3/8" deep. A fabulous match safe in superb condition by Tiffany for your collection.
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Tiffany & Co. Sterling Match Safe - C 1900