This is a truly unique vintage cardholder. This beauty doesn't merely lie flat, but is curved in convex shape to fit a "hip pocket" of the owner. The angular lid opens with a small hinge at the left side.
The lid features some really beautiful hallmarks and inscriptions. A "lion passant" near the hinge denotes the case's British make and sterling content, while the nearby "M" date mark indicates that the piece was assayed in 1912.
On the far right of the lid are the beautifully hand-carved Old English letters, "W. R. W."
The inner lip of the case includes a more extensive series of hallmarks beginning with the manufacturer's shield shaped stamp.
Inside the stamp are the minuscule letters "EJH" over "NH"; these stand for Edward John Haseler and Noble Haseler of the Haseler Brothers silversmithing company founded in the late 19th century. This is their mark for Chester, ca 1904.
Next is the "lion passant" followed by the mark of the highly collectible assay office of Chester, England (a shield containing a sword surrounded by three sheaves of wheat) and finally, the date mark once again.
The Chester assay office closed in 1961, and items hallmarked for Chester are highly collectible.
The reverse of the case exhibits a bold, slightly more modern inscription which reads "9.12.29 to 30.6.30."
It exhibits an expected amount of surface wear which adds to it's vintage appeal.
This elegant, unique card case is a truly unusual and beautiful item ideal for the discerning collector of fine silver.
The lid does not close completely securely. It is only open a tiny, tiny bit, but we need to make sure you have all of the information. It is a very small gap.
We have not polished this case. We leave that to the owner to polish to their preference. We know that some collectors like the natural patina of sterling objects. It will polish beautifully, if that is the desired look.
This is such a unique case, it will be a wonderful addition to any silver collection or to a collector of Chester silver items.
Measurements: 3 ¼" long, 1 5/8" tall, ¼" deep Weight: 36.7 grams