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    Posted 11 years ago

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    My mother bought this at an auction. Can anyone tell me anything about it and what it might be worth? The inside is tufted satin.

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    1. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 11 years ago
      Hello, there! Any hallmarks on the piece?
    2. Emeraldcitylady, 11 years ago
      I can't find any - any suggestions on where to look - I have gone over it with a magnifying glass and can't fins anything obvious....there are 5 different intricate scenes on the box - each scene on the top and 4 sides is different. Any suggestions on how to research would be greatly appreciated - it is very heavy.
    3. chinablue chinablue, 11 years ago
      Hi Emeraldcitylady! This is a very interesting box. To start doing some research, it would be helpful to have dimensions, and more pictures, both inside and out. Sometimes hallmarks on items like this are nearly hidden/obscured by the designs on them so you'll really need to go over it with a fine toothed comb.. and perhaps a loupe. And any history that was given with the piece when purchased might hold a clue or two.
    4. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 11 years ago
      Hi, thanks for the info! I really can't see very well. (Silver is so hard to photograph, isn't it?) Just to get this started, I'm offering my first impressions. Caveat: I know almost nothing about Dutch silver, or about silver jewelry caskets. These are just my impressions.

      I immediately thought that the scene featured in your photo reminded me vaguely of Rembrandt soldiers, but I can't see very well. Rembrandt's works are very popular images - one finds them on cookie tins, tobacco products, etc. Is this an old Spanish helmet, instead? My initial impression was that this is perhaps a Dutch nineteenth century jewelry casket. I suggest this very tentatively as a hypothesis! I attach below a link to images of Dutch similar caskets. I did find a reference to an antique Dutch jewelry casket that was hallmarked on the interior rim of the lid or box. Have you tested the box for silver content? It looks huge. If it is silver I think that it is more likely silverplated. By the way, it looks like your box has been cast - it doesn't look like chased repousse. Wonder if it's a reproduction.
    5. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 11 years ago
      Sorry, chinablue! We were typing at the same time. : )
    6. Emeraldcitylady, 11 years ago
      Hi ChinaBlue and MiKKo,

      I have added 3 more pics - the box measures 6 inches tall, 6 inches deep and 8 inches wide. I am pretty sure it is silver plate. I will go to the link you added - many thanks!!
    7. chinablue chinablue, 11 years ago
      I have found we do that quite often miKKo.. and frequently typing the same info! :-)
    8. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 11 years ago
      Thank you, chinablue, for your kindness. You didn't catch me typing the same info on that arcane Blue Willow platter! That was superb detective work! I must say, I have been coveting that pattern variant ever since you solved it. : )
    9. chinablue chinablue, 11 years ago
      Ahoy miKKo! Can you take a look at the markings on this piece and see what you think about them?? It's another of her items that is giving me some trouble. Thanks a bunch!! :-)
      Thanks for the comment on the Blue and White.. that one kept me up for many nights! *LOL* But it's one we'll never forget, right? :-)
    10. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 11 years ago
      Dear chinablue, thank you very much for your kind words. You are a super sleuth. I'd never have found that variant!!! I really think that I like the 'Feathered' variant better than any. Words like 'divine' spring to mind - before I resolutely banish them. Feathered is a bit too dear for my pocketbook, though my soul is sold on 'Feathered' 100% and pines for it. I am very glad that I at least got to experience it...Was delighted to have a look at your silver cup! See you soon! : )
    11. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 11 years ago
      Hi, Bellin! I see what you mean now about the 'ticket' comment on my Halloween cat. Well, I love the lining on this piece! I haven't had much of a chance to look at the silver panels since they new photos were posted. As soon as I'm finished my Belgian correspondence, I'll revisit this item. : )
    12. chinablue chinablue, 11 years ago
      Uh oh.. the no love police are looking for us, miKKo! Of course I love it, I thought I had already clicked it! Apologies to Emeraldcitylady and Belin. :-)
    13. Emeraldcitylady, 11 years ago
      No apologies necessary chinablue!! :) I just want to know more about this piece.
    14. chinablue chinablue, 11 years ago
      This piece is isn't giving up much information, is it Emeraldcitylady!? Do we know if the edging is gilt or brass? Does it lock? I have been looking and have found similar ones such as this listed as French Bronze:
      and a gilt bronze one here:
      You haven't shown a picture of the bottom, but you say there are no markings there anyway. Some of these type of pieces, if marked will be marked in rather hidden areas, such as in the design along the edge or the feet.. or even somewhere in the panels, such as along the horse's leg shown in the photo on the back. I'll keep an eye out for any others that I can find that are similar. I also agree with miKKo that this piece looks cast and is most likely silver plated and I too saw some Dutch pieces that seem to be made in a similar fashion. Additionally, I found several pieces with similar form listed as ormolu. So, it looks like we still have some research to do on this one! :-)
    15. tom61375, 10 years ago
      I would keep my Mogwai in it, away from water & food after midnight! =)
      Love it!

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