Vienna, 19th Century Sterling Cigarette Case.
This is exquisite, simply exquisite. An outstanding example of the work of Scheidt, the leading silver / enamel artist of the era and museum quality. It is thoroughly hallmarked. An elegant ladies cigarette case and a charming piece of history.
A fine Guilloche Enamel with a miniature hand painted rose garland border, and a second border with gold dots and more geometric green leaves. The background has a translucent effect, changing colors from blue to white to yellow . There is a crest like design in the center with a flame, ribbons and roses. The push in clasp has a sapphire cabochon.
Outstanding high quality Silversmith Artwork. The case was made in Vienna (Austria) in the last quarter of the 19th century. It is marked Franz Hiess & Sohne Wien. It is also stamped G.A.S. on both sides with another hallmark and 900. It measures 3 & 1/2 inches North to South by a bit over 2" with minimal wear, some by the clasp and some small indents on the back (all pictures). The back of the case is plain silver and the inside has a gold wash and the elastic is still in place and still works.
The Scheidt Company was founded in 1862 in Vienna, Austria, and was most famous for fine enamel on silver. The firm presented their artworks at the world exhibition in 1900 in Paris. Gold medallions were presented to Georg A. Scheidt in commendation for his fine work and artistry. The company also realized designs from famous artists of the period such as Koloman Moser and many other designers from the Wiener Werkstätten. Georg A. Scheidt also created military medals for the top brass in the Austrian Imperial Army.