This American match safe is in lovely condition. The front has a very well done, high relief depiction of French artist Pierre Auguste Cot's 1880 oil painting entitled "The Storm". The entire balance of the safe is done with high polished sterling. The backside has a beautiful hand engraved set of initials that appear to read AHK. The safe is called a Mistress safe or a Locket safe by some. This version of Mistress safe has the pull out hidden window for the photo.
The sterling is in excellent minus condition with no rips, 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 loud click and when closed has no wiggle & stays closed when safe is shaken. With inspection you can find some small flat indentations (largest 1/8" edge to edge) at all four corners and one dimple by the striker. The striker is still very well defined as when I lightly rub my finger nail across I feel the texture. The depiction has excellent definition, very well defined with just faint evidence of wear on some higher curves. Facial features, fingers and the draping to their clothes and the cloth umbrella are clearly seen. The photo window fits very firmly into the safe and is all intact. It has some form of plastic cover for the photo of unknown age. The plastic is intact with no chips or cracks. The backside of the photo section has a thin metal oval plate cover to hold the photo in place. The last insert in the last photo is a picture looking into the body of the safe to show there are no holes or cracked seams.
The STERLING mark is on the inside bottom lip as seen in the 1st. insert of the last photo. The safe measures 2 1/2" tall x 1 7/16" wide x approx. 3/8" deep. A great match safe for your collection.
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Sterling Mistress Match Safe of "The Storm" - C. 1900