This exceptional antique silver vesta case has been realistically modelled in the form of a shoe.
The surface of this vesta is embellished with fine niello enamel ornamentation replicating the design to the shoe and incorporating Russian initials to either side.
The upper portion of the shoe is fitted with a hinged hallmarked cover.
The underside of the shoe features a serrated panel/match striker in addition to further ornamentation to the sole.
The hallmarks struck to this antique Russian enamel vesta case include:
Silver quality/purity mark: 84 (84 zolotniks*)
City Mark: Novocherkassk, Russia**
This exceptional example of antique silverware features no maker's mark; the maker is therefore unknown.
* 84 zolotniki is equivalent to 875/1000 or .875 standard silver
** The assay/city mark for Novocherkassk is the double headed imperial halved above diagonal quarters with crossed spears & scepters, flags and castle; this represents derives from the Novocherkassk coat of arms.