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Belgian Silver and Enamel Vesta Box - Antique Circa 1868

An exceptional, fine and impressive, rare antique Belgian silver and enamel vesta box; an addition to our continental silver case collection

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Belgian Silver and Enamel Vesta Box - Antique Circa 1868
Belgian Silver and Enamel Vesta Box - Antique Circa 1868

Description


This fine antique Belgian 900 standard silver vesta box has a rounded serpentine shaped form.


This box retains the original sprung hinged cover ornamented with an impressive and rare, original painted enamel panel depicting a French/European style roulette table* with a lucky charm motif to each corner: 13, a four-leaf clover, a ladybird and a pig**.


The undulating sides of the box are embellished with an engraved geometric lozenge design incorporating quatrefoil motifs to the centre of each and trefoil ornamentations to the pin struck border.


The anterior side of the box features a serrated panel/match striker.


This vesta box retains the original gilt interior.


* This roulette table has a subtly different layout to the North American style and bears the French terminology for Even (Pair), Odd (Impair), Low Bet (Manque) and High Bet (Passe).


** The icon of a pig representing luck originated in the Middle Ages; if you possessed plenty of pigs it was seen as a sign of prosperity and wealth.


View the complete collection of silver boxes and cases at AC Silver


Maker: Unknown

Condition


This antique vesta box is an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in exceptional condition.

There is some black discolouration to the interior, as to be expected with such a piece.

The enamel panel is in perfect condition.

The engraved decoration is all very sharp.

The Belgian hallmarks struck to the anterior surface and underside of the box are all very clear.


Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of this piece of antique silverware.


Dimensions


Length 5.6cm/2.2"

Width 3.8cm/1.5"

Height 1.1cm/0.4"


Weight


1.6 troy ounces/48.7g


 
 
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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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