I believe that this charming, French Art Nouveau case once held a pencil. Now it would be lovely as a needle holder. It is hallmarked for 800-900 silver quality with a gold overlay.
It measures 2½” (6.5cms) long and is 9mms wide across the top. It weighs 3 grams.
The raised design is exquisite. There are poppies on both the top and lower half. They have realistically engraved leaves with tiny buds or seed heads.
The case pulls open to reveal a plain section which carries two boar’s head hallmarks for 800-900 silver quality. There is a maker’s mark on the reverse. The top fits firmly.
This wonderful and very unusual piece is in fine antique condition. It will arrive in a gift box.