The workmanship on this all hand engraved match safe is stunning. The front top and bottom has two different patterns of scrolling leaves on a textured dot background. The front sides have columns comprised of a center zigzag bordered on both sides by a somewhat rope pattern created from dots and a center of two curlicues. Depicted in the center of the safe is a well detailed engraving of the Statue of Liberty. The base surface of this match safe is high polished gold. I took photos in different lighting conditions to try to give you an accurate view of the engraving as well as the safes overall condition.
Both side rims are done with identical engravings of alternating patterns. The primary pattern is a diamond shape containing fine accent lines high lighting an internal division that creates four smaller diamonds. The other pattern creates a somewhat border of triangles with minute accent lines that give the illusion of seven to eight strands of rope in each triangle.
The backside of the safe again has two different scrolling leaf and dot background patterns. The sides have a different column pattern that is all textured surface created from dots. The center of the backside has a lovely artistically done flowing script presentation of three initials that I believe to be JAR.
The striker base of the safe has been created by three different patterns. A repetition of a forward slash, a con-caved channel and a backslash. The final portion of this amazing safe is the lid which contains a collar mounted oval piece of white and gray gold quartz. This gold quartz lid is definitely original to the match safe!
The gold is in excellent minus condition with no rips, holes, cracks, nasty dents, ugly scratches, abrasions or repairs. The spring mechanism for the lid is in wonderful condition with smooth movement and a definite speedy response with a good thud when closing. The striker area is just as wonderful with extremely well defined and even pattern. The front of the safe has a bit of un-even surface created from a few of those faint surface indentations of approx. 1/32" light dimples as well as a 1/4" faint line. The backside has one even fainter dimple approx. 1/64". Sometimes un-even surface can be original created during engraving and some times they are just from average usage, but we report them to be accurate. I did find some actual wear to the backside's two columns of textured dots probably caused from rubbing against the palm and fingers while the safe was being used. See the inserts in the last photo for some dimples as well as the two columns. The gold quartz is all intact with no nasty chips, scratches, abrasions or cracks. It, of course, has some natural fissures that can be seen when you view it with a loupe.
The safe has no gold purity or makers marks so Rich has carefully acid tested and will guarantee a minimum of 14kt. gold. It measures 2 1/4" tall x 1" wide x 3/8" deep. It weighs 27.3 grams with of course the gold quartz in it's mounting. Shreve of San Francisco was the most prolific makers of gold quartz items during the time period, but other manufactures did work with quartz. Regretfully we will never know for sure who spent hours and hours to create this superb match safe.
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