This lovely match safe has enamel colors of a deep peacock blue, royal blue, red, kelly green & white. The sterling safe has a flower/leaf pattern of raised, notched, rope like borders. This caused indentation/pit areas which I am going to call cells. They then filled these cells with colored enamels. Both the front & back of the safe have identical cell pattern work. The enamel is in excellent minus condition-there are no empty cells. You can see with a 10 power loop surface nicks,chips from usage & crazing, firing flaws original to manufacture as is normal in this style of enamel application. As a reference point, to give you an idea of how small these cells are, the white enamel dots in the outer rim border are less then 1/16" in dia. The sterling is in excellent plus condition with no rips, dents, deep scratches, holes, split seams or repairs. Both sides have a sterling presentation area that has never been engraved. The presentation area has faint evidence of vermeil (a form of gold plating) & light surface only scratching/scuffing from use. The lid hinge/spring is in excellent plus working order. The lid lifts with great drag & will self close with lid aligned & a firm click. The striker has excellent plus definition. The bottom right rounded corner has a faint disruption to it's curve. The safe is quite substantial. It weighs 0.8 ounce on my postage scale. The marks are on on the backside body's top interior rim. The 925 is for silver content. The sideways S looks like a symbol that Andresen & Scheinpflug used in combination with the 925. But the makers hallmark looks like the 1888-1925 David Andersen mark. We find this confusing. All we can do is guarantee the matchsafe to be original and antique. We are very aware of the fake Norwegian style matchsafes on the market. They are not Norwegian, silver or glass enamel. They are crap! The safe is 1 13/16" tall x 1 3/16" wide x 6/16" deep. A great addition to a match safe collection.
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