This beautiful, French silver card case dates to circa 1880-1900. The silver tests to 800-900 quality. also bears a lozenge which has a ‘C’ and an ‘M’ with a blackberry between the letters This is the mark of the jeweller, Charles Murat, established in Paris in 1847 and still going strong today.
The case measures 3 and 3/16” (8cms) by 2 and 3/8” (6.2cms). It is approximately 3/8” (1cm) thick. It weighs 59.4 grams.
The front and back of the case are embellished with attractive, raised motifs. All around them are delicate fleur de lis and trailing leaves. The corners are also finished with fleur de lis.
The case opens easily and closes firmly. The interior is sumptuously gilded.
On the edge you will find the diamond shaped maker’s mark. There is also an ‘M’, possibly preceded by a ‘C’ on the clasp.
This most exceptional case is in excellent antique condition. It might originally have been intended for cigarettes but in fact it could be used to store anything. It will arrive in a gift box.
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