A fine antique Austrian silver and enamel cigarette / card case; part of our continental silverware collection
This fine continental cigarette/card case has a rectangular form with rounded edges.
The front cover has an enamel scene depicting two Japanese ladies playing traditional Japanese instruments, the koto (13 stringed zither) and the shamisen (3 stringed guitar-like instrument).
The players are seated on the ground in an outdoor scene with traditional Japanese lanterns hanging from tree branches overhead.
The sides and reverse cover are plain.
The case is fitted with a push fit catch which when released reveals the hallmarked gilt interiors of the hinged compartments.
The hallmarks include the Dianakopf or Diana's Head. This hallmark denotes 800 standard silver and was used between 1872 and 1922.
The hallmarks also include the assay office mark for Ljubljana (Slovenia).
This fine case is a very good gauge of silver, fine quality and in excellent condition.
There is a minimal split to one corner of the upper compartment - please see image.
The enamel is in perfect condition, with only surface scratches in keeping with its age.
The reverse cover has been professionally polished.
The gilt interiors show negligible signs of wear.
Full hallmarks struck to the interior of each compartment are all very clear.
Reflections in photography may detract from the true representation of this item.
Weight 5 troy ounces/155g
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