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SOLD - Chinese Export Silver Vesta - Antique Circa 1880

A fine antique Chinese export silver vesta case; an addition to our Oriental silver case collection

SKU: A2580

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This fine antique Chinese export silver (CES) vesta case has a plain rectangular rounded form.

The anterior surface of the case is embellished with an impressive embossed and chased iconic Chinese dragon amidst clouds, incorporating a vacant circular cartouche.

The posterior of this impressive vesta is ornamented with embossed and chased bamboo stalks on a matte background.

The sides of this antique vesta case are plain and unembellished.

This piece is fitted with a hinged cover surmounted with a ring loop attachment.

There is an integrated serrated panel/match striker to the underside.

The hallmarks struck to the interior rim include:

Maker's mark: KW (Kwan Wo)

Character mark: Untraced

Maker: Kwan Wo


This antique vesta case is a very good gauge of silver, fine quality and in exceptional presentation condition.

The embossed and chased decoration is very sharp.

Full Chinese hallmarks struck to the rim of this piece are all clear.

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


Length 4.6cm/1.8"

Width 3.3cm/1.3"

Depth 1cm/0.4"

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Andrew Campbell started trading in antiques during the 1970s. 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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