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Austro-Hungarian Silver and Enamel Cigarette/Card Case - Antique Circa 1900

An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Austro-Hungarian silver and enamel cigarette/card case; part of our continental silverware collection

SKU: A2538
Price: £1,295.00
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Austro-Hungarian Silver and Enamel Cigarette/Card Case - Antique Circa 1900
Austro-Hungarian Silver and Enamel Cigarette/Card Case - Antique Circa 1900
Austro-Hungarian Silver and Enamel Cigarette/Card Case - Antique Circa 1900
Austro-Hungarian Silver and Enamel Cigarette/Card Case - Antique Circa 1900
Austro-Hungarian Silver and Enamel Cigarette/Card Case - Antique Circa 1900
Austro-Hungarian Silver and Enamel Cigarette/Card Case - Antique Circa 1900
Austro-Hungarian Silver and Enamel Cigarette/Card Case - Antique Circa 1900
Austro-Hungarian Silver and Enamel Cigarette/Card Case - Antique Circa 1900
Austro-Hungarian Silver and Enamel Cigarette/Card Case - Antique Circa 1900
Austro-Hungarian Silver and Enamel Cigarette/Card Case - Antique Circa 1900
Austro-Hungarian Silver and Enamel Cigarette/Card Case - Antique Circa 1900
Austro-Hungarian Silver and Enamel Cigarette/Card Case - Antique Circa 1900
Austro-Hungarian Silver and Enamel Cigarette/Card Case - Antique Circa 1900
Austro-Hungarian Silver and Enamel Cigarette/Card Case - Antique Circa 1900
Austro-Hungarian Silver and Enamel Cigarette/Card Case - Antique Circa 1900
Austro-Hungarian Silver and Enamel Cigarette/Card Case - Antique Circa 1900
Austro-Hungarian Silver and Enamel Cigarette/Card Case - Antique Circa 1900
Austro-Hungarian Silver and Enamel Cigarette/Card Case - Antique Circa 1900
Austro-Hungarian Silver and Enamel Cigarette/Card Case - Antique Circa 1900
Austro-Hungarian Silver and Enamel Cigarette/Card Case - Antique Circa 1900

Description


This fine antique Austro-Hungarian silver and enamel cigarette/card holder has a rectangular form with rounded edges.


The front cover is embellished with an enamel panel depicting two Japanese ladies playing traditional Japanese instruments, the koto (13 stringed zither) and the shamisen (3 stringed guitar-like instrument).


The characters are seated on the ground in an outdoor scene with traditional Japanese lanterns hanging from tree branches overhead.


The rounded sides and posterior cover of this silver card holder are plain and unembellished.


The case is fitted with a push fit catch which when released reveals the hallmarked gilt interior of the hinged compartments.


The hallmarks to the interior of this impressive case include:

Silver quality/purity: Dianakopf mark* (800 standard, 800/1000)

Assay mark: L (Ljubljana, Slovenia)


* This variation of the Dianakopf mark was used from 1872-1922, determining the date of this piece as circa 1900.


Read a brief history of antique silver cigarette cases


Maker: Unknown

Condition


This antique silver card holder is an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in excellent condition.

There is a minimal split to one corner of the upper compartment.

The enamel is in perfect condition; there are a few minor surface scratches, in keeping with age and use.

The reverse cover has been professionally polished.

The hallmarks struck to the interior of each compartment are all very clear.


Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of this antique silver business card holder.


Dimensions


Length 10cm/3.9"

Width 8cm/3.1"


Weight


5 troy ounces/155g


 
 
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Andrew Campbell started trading in Antique Silver in the 1970's. Initially, Andrew lived in the South of England, travelling the country, searching for items of silver to buy. Andrew sold these items at various London markets and antique fairs. Over time, and through selling at a range of venues, Andrew built up a large and diverse customer base from private buyers to national and international trade customers.
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