Late 19th-early 20th century, silver and vermeil, cigarette case. The case is by, Wang Hing, the most prolific maker of Chinese export silver in the late 19th century.
Each side of the curved case is elaborately decorated with scenes in repousse. One side depicts a courtyard of figures surrounding a crest, the other side with a dragon swirling among clouds. The interior has a brilliant vermeil wash. Attached is a 24 inch chain.
Hallmarks, "900/ WH" and with a calligraphic stamp.
Size ,3.5" H X 3" W X 0.75" D; chain: 25.5" L.
Weight, 4 troy ounces, 125 grams
Condition, excellent, dark with patina. I have not polished this case. The clasp shuts but could use a slight adjustment to tighten it.
Wang Hing is considered the greatest Chinese silver manufacturer and luxury retailer, active in Hong Kong from the late 19th to the early 20th century.