This is a stunning card case and or wallet from the Victorian era. It was made in England and the marks indicate it is sterling silver, made in Birmingham and manufactured in 1876. The maker was WRS. All the silver corners of the piece have these markings.
The case, used to hold cards, or perhaps bills, is made of lizard skin. It has shades of deep brown and beige. There is a central sterling initialed piece with intricate letters, too difficult for me to decipher. The corners, both front and back have a sterling cut out design, and the frame is sterling silver.
When you press in the silver latch, the interior is revealed. It is done in a light brown leather and has various pockets to hold bill, cards, change, etc.
The case, when closed, measures 5 1/8" by 3 5/8". It is in very good condition for its age. I have not attempted to polish the silver trim, but the new owner may do so if desired. The interior shows no tears and only very minor discoloration. There is one tiny white spot on the bottom of the front cover, where a section of the lizard has been scraped. It would make a wonderful gift for that dapper man in your life.
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Antique English Gentleman's Card Case/Wallet Lizard & Sterling Silver Dated 1876