This beautiful vintage compact is marked 800 along with the maker's mark on the inside indicating a silver content of 800 parts out of a thousand , the standard for Europe and referred to as Continental silver . ( To qualify as sterling silver , the item must be 925 parts silver out of a thousand . ) Hand painted and enameled on top in a lovely scene depicting two young women, one holding a small guitar , the other with a book on her lap in a bucolic setting , complete with a little dog at their feet . Outlined with a turquoise blue enamel border design . All hand chased on the sides and back in flowers and swirls with the gilding over the silver still intact . The yellow gold wash is only slightly paler in places where the compacts' been handled.
Good hinge, opens easily and stays properly closed . Opens to a nearly pristine interior including the mirror . Although this compact was used it was well cared for and remains in perfect condition . No chips to the enamel , etc.
The little bag shown is included with the compact . ...... Made of pretty sea-foam silk velvet accented with metallic gold and silver beads . In 'as is' condition , the side not shown is torn and worn and some of the beads are rusted.
Origin ; Italian , Early 20th Century
Materials ; 800 Silver & Enamel
Size ; 2 & 1/2" Diameter , ......1/2" Thick
Scale ; Medium Size Compact , ...... Please note sizes as items can appear larger or smaller in the pictures than in person.
Condition ; Compact Excellent Condition, MINT , ...... Little Storage Bag "as found " ...... Please See Above.
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