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Match Holders102 of 147Does anyone know what this is?Antique Nursery Rhyme 3 Little Pigs Enamelled Match Box Holder
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    Posted 9 years ago

    Norskyvint…
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    Unknown silver item given to me approx 35 years ago by my father, I believe it is a matchbox, there is a striker surface on the top and a silver drawer. Does anyone know where this is from or the age? Any input is much appreciated. Thanks!

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      Ah huh! German silver mark half-moon and crown .925 and maker's mark.
      "In 1884 a law was enacted making .800 the minimum national standard for silver in Germany. In 1886 the use of individual city marks was abolished and replaced by the national mark (reichsmark) of a crescent moon & crown mark (Halbmond und Krone) representing the entire German state. These marks became compulsory by 1888.
      The crown & crescent moon are used in conjunction with a maker's mark and a decimal silver standard mark."
      http://www.925-1000.com/Fgerman_marks_a1884.html

      The maker is : J. D. Schleissner Söhne of Hanau.
      Founded 1816 - Present & worked in the "Antique" style, often used pseudomarks.

      It would be a Vesta Case. Note the rough surface at the top.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vesta_case

      Nice!
      Looks like a scene painted by Watteau?
    2. BHock45 BHock45, 9 years ago
      Wonderful piece!
    3. Norskyvintage, 9 years ago
      It has been confirmed this is a silver matchbox from mid 1900's by German maker J.D. Schleissner Sohne. Thanks for your input.

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