Silver Cigarette Case with Florals, by a Moscow maker, 1908- 1927.
Measures 87 mm wide x 114 mm long x approx. 15 mm "thick" (including the raised artwork); weighs 194.2 g (including the elastic bands to hold the cigarettes in place.) The artwork in Art Nuevo style is executed in beautiful tri- dimensional profile. The cabochon thumb piece is in polished opaque glass or natural stone of light purple hue. The interior of the case is gilded. Both panels have a silver hallmark "84" with a Greek character Delta designating Moscow assay inspection. Next to the silver marks are maker marks ЛИ ("LI") of an unknown Moscow silversmith. Although the Kokoshnik hallmarks are of the kind used from 1908 until 1927, this piece is clearly of pre-revolutionary design and was almost for sure manufactured prior to1917.
In very good to excellent condition. The case shows none of the usual wear. On the obverse, the repoussť artwork is exceptionally well preserved and crisp. The reverse, which is plain, shows both very light scuffing caused by the action of the owner taking it in and out of his pocket - which should disappear with a careful polishing. There are also very mild bumps to the rear panel, nearly unnoticeable and certainly not detractive. The gilt finish on the interior is pale but nevertheless clearly visible and generally intact. The hinge still works nicely, the case opens and closes smoothly, and the catch functions perfectly.
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