This Art Nouveau safe is in outstanding condition. It contains the classic graceful swirls and curves in its design. It also contains two female figures of what I believe to be very stylized mythological Sirens. The backside of the safe is un-patterned sterling.
The sterling is in excellent condition with no rips, dents, holes, cracked seams, nasty scratches, abrasions or repairs. You will find the expected and normal faint surface scuffing on the smooth un-patterned areas from use and old style cleaners. The lid's original hinge is in working order without repair and the lid has it's proper interior closure mechanism. It closes with a light click and when closed has no wiggle & stays closed when safe is shaken. With close inspection you can find a 3/32" long dimple on the top of the lid as well as some un-even surface to the backside. Both sides of the striker are still very well defined as when I lightly rub my finger nail across I feel the texture. The patterns have excellent definition, very well defined with no evidence of uneven wear. Facial features and belly buttons are clearly seen and the breasts are well rounded without holes. As can be seen in the photos there are some very artistic initials . They are so swirly I am guessing it may be E.Mc.C. The top insert in the 2nd. to last 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 5/8" tall x 1 3/8" wide x approx. 3/8" deep. A fabulous match safe in super condition for your collection.
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Gorham Sterling Match Safe #B1113M - Date Mark 1900
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