This is such an unusual Sterling silver case. It is considered Tramp Art and is from the Arts & Crafts era (1914 to be exact). The artist created this rendering of a hippopotamus out of a Sterling silver cigarette case. The form is most unique, in fact I have never seen one like it in my time. They crated the full head of a hippo with the tiny little ears perfectly formed brows and bezel set two cabochons of Amethysts for the eyes. The back of the head is hand etched with swirls, a great effect. The mouth is at the opposing end of which he appears to be eating flowers. Both side open to product the mouth. The back is plain with no design. There is no clasp on this box from alterations by the artist. However they did leave the hallmarks which date this piece from 1914. I believe these were two pieces welded together with evidence of the seams. The head had no damage but a coulee of minor bumps from age. The back side is worn more than the from with additional dents noticeable. Just a very cool and unique piece.
2 1/2" x 1 5/8" x 3/4"
Sterling silver hallmarked and tested.
Weight: 33.2 grams
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