A rare collectible midcentury lipstick case or holder made by Rolando Lucchesi di Vittorio of Florence Italy. The works by this silversmith in compacts and lipstick cases considered the finest and are rarely seen. I think this case may date to the 1950's. I believe this company went out of business in that decade. The earlier works dated to the 1930's and '40's. This case is gilt brass or other alloy metal but is ornately chased in the style of the silver work often seen in the Italian enamel and silver compacts and lipstick cases. The deeply chased design is enameled in glossy thick deep cobalt blue together with the gold. Its opening knob is a pale variegated turquoise. When the tab is pulled upward and the lower portion of the case pulled out, the lipstick case pops open to a small mirror and the container for a lipstick that is pushed upward and downward by the same turquoise knob. The case, gilt and enamel are in excellent condition. However, when opened, the tab that would push up the lipstick does not want to slide up and down due to a slight bending of one of the parts. It may be the internal square holder itself that is slightly bent or it may be the circular cup that holds the lipstick case. From observation you can see that when you pull up on the tab, the bottom holder cup pushes back against the interior wall just slightly so that it is just off from being centered in the interior and so it will not rise. It is something that if you could reach it, you feel you could adjust it yourself but of course you cannot reach into the small interior and an instrument would be required. It appears to be just a tiny bit off and it is very possible it could be adjusted by a jeweler or other craftsperson. It still displays very beautifully cosmetically both externally and internally for display in a collection, which is how these old pieces are often used. The case measures 3 1/4" by 3/4" by 3/4". It is marked on the inside on the side below the mirror what appears to be RO Lucchesi. I tried to show this a close up photo but it can also be seen reflected in the mirror on the photo of the open case. The mark was only partially stamped with the top edge missing. It is also marked Made in Italy.