Large Sterling Silver Siam Compact, Temple of Dawn & Amazing Niello Base This exceptional vintage sterling silver from Siam has a 3 1/8” diameter. It has been in my collection and carefully wrapped for storage since I acquired it at least 25 years ago. The surface of the lid has no surface wear. The black niello background highlights the amazing hand etched Temple of Dawn, located in Bangkok Thailand (formerly Siam). The temple’s image glows like diamonds as it reveals its pristine sterling silver details. The lid and base have curved silver rims. The base is as beautiful as the lid if you appreciate the intense workmanship required to produce this complicated niello design. The clasp works as it should. The interior is highly polished sterling silver—so bright it is difficult to photograph. There is a hinged lid over the powder well. It is marked “STERLING / SIAM.” There appears to be the lightest presence of surface wear, although I believe all glossy surfaces show such light marks from the initial polishing. The lid lifts easily to reveal the perfect powder well. I can find no faults. The silver is very bright but will still glow even more with a light polishing. The compact is very well made, structurally sound and a great example of this type of exotic far eastern art. Its WEIGHT is 108 grams.
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