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    Posted 4 years ago

    Efesgirl
    (1013 items)

    I know, there's a crack in the glass where somebody put a bit too much effort into tightening the screw. Still an interesting piece. I deleted two photos and will make new ones in the morning.

    About the marks - not exactly the same marks as what's on my piece, but close enough for me to date it:

    http://www.ascasonline.org/windowAGOST63.html

    "Marked by the ostrich and two inscriptions "WMF" and "G" (Geislingen an der Steige) in a rhombus, placed in hatched rectangle. Note the special shape of the "F" letter. The rectangle size is 3.7 x 4.2 mm (or 3.7 x 4.4 mm).
    The additional marks: "B" means Britannia metal, a zinc-antimony-copper alloy which served as a base metal for silver plating, "I/O" means normal silver coating which is equivalent to 1 gram of silver per 1 dm2 of base metal surface, "OX" means oxidized finish. This mark was in use from around 1900 until about 1918. "

    Thank you to my friends for solving this "Mystery"!

    Bonnie

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    1. bijoucaillouvintage bijoucaillouvintage, 4 years ago
      For very precious processed cheese :-)))
    2. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Interesting find!
      Perhaps from a desk set... with a wet sponge in it to dampen stamps ?
    3. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Cigarettes or trinkett box similar shape here:
      http://www.sportingcollectibles.com/acboxes.html
      http://www.sportingcollectibles.com/ACrafts/ac36656boxside.jpg
    4. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      description of the item in link above:
      3 3/4" X 4 1/4" X 1 3/4" TALL. CLEARLY SIGNED WITH VARIOUS WMF MARKS. SIMILAR ITEMS SHOWN ON PAGE 122 OF THE 1906 WMF CATALOG. PRESENTATION INSCRIPTION ON TOP OF LID.
    5. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 4 years ago
      I'm thinking that the rounded front would make it easy for a cigarette to come out when grabbed, rolling up and out.

      T A
    6. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      Ah, my wise friends....I never thought about a cigarette box. I don't smoke and had the damn thing upside down.....
      Hahahaha!!

      Mystery Solved!!!
    7. jbingham95 jbingham95, 4 years ago
      Hello Efesgirl,I have a box like this that's not near as nice as yours made of brass.I got it with a bunch of old ashtrays and it had a small pair of tongs in it for taking tobacco out and rolling your own cigarettes.Very nice and unusual find.
    8. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      jbingham95 - can you post it? Would like to see it. :-))))

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