An unusual antique pottery snuff bottle with some what naively executed erotic scenes on the front and back. There are untranslated marks on the base. In overall very good condition. 2.75" in height, 1.50 " in width.
In what appears to be the form of a seated Maitreya Buddha, this snuff bottle is carved in what the former owner claimed is white agate capped by a green jade top. Clearly a semi precious stone but since we have never encountered white agate, we are uncertain of the classification. Well carved and hollowed, with signs on the base of having been cut using the old "cord" method.
In overall excellent condition. 2.6" in height and 1.6" in width at the base.
An attractively formed, antique smoky quartz snuff bottle with a silver banded jade top. The bottle has fine symmetry and a very well hollowed cavity and finished with a neatly crafted foot. There is no damage. A beautiful bottle in it's sedulity. The spoon has been replaced by some former owner. C1870. 2 5/8" in height, 1 5/8" in width.
A well crafted bottle in classic Mongolian style. Good quality silver adorned with coral and turquoise stones and bas relief panels of deer. With a well formed foot and cavity and original spoon. Clear markings on the bottom of the foot. In excellent condition with original spoon.
Late Qing, C 1900. 2.6" in height, 1.75" in width..
This is the only one of these desirable tobacco boxes that we have encountered that is complete with the jade toggle and slider to close the box. In an attractive burl wood that has a mellow patine, the box has a fitted burl wood lid which is carved to fit. The brown silk like cord functions to both control the lid as well as to provide suspension from the belt. The jade toggle is in the form of , perhaps a peach and the slider is a simple jade square. A very attractive and scarce set in excelle ...click for details
A classic Mingei Tonkotsu, simply carved to hold tobacco. The Muso-zutzu or pipe case is suspended on a black silk cord with a fluted glass ojime and is also quietly understated in a brown woven style. Both in very good condition with the usual wear from use and age. Late 19th Century.
With an engraved scene of two 1920's Soviet Biplanes in flight and personalized with initials in the upper left corner, this is a very seldom encountered early Soviet collectible. In very good condition with only very slight abrasion and minor dents from age and use. The interior bears assayers stamps and the 1927-1946 marks indicating 84 Zolotnicks of silver fineness.
Size, 3" x 3".
A piece of Russian history. A Soviet era sterling quality, silver cigarette case inscribed on the face "806th Air Force, Lutske 1942" in a banner with a floral surround. The hinge is sound and the lock button is ruby colored cabochon. The interior is gilt showing slight abrasion from use and bears on both the front and back the District Mint mark 875, of a type used from 1927-1946, indicating a fineness of 84 zolotnicks along with the Assayers mark. The exterior shows slight abrasion ...click for details
A fine quality Imperial Russian silver cigarette case bearing an early Soviet inscription which reads, "104th Army K.I. Nikiforov, Division Leader, for your achievement, creativity, hard work, initiative and organizational work of his Division.
April 30, 1931.
The face of the is engraved with a some what Nouveau engraving which was probably the original decoration with an addition of the 104th Army cypher over crossed rifle and saber The presentation engraving is, as shown on the back of ...click for details
A scarce, sterling quality silver cigarette case. The front with and engraved scene titled Moscow, Kremlin. The back with a personalized, war time presentation inscription which reads, "Army Aviator Petrov from his friends and comrades on land. 1942. The interior is gilt finish and both the lid and back bear the District Mint Mark of the type used from 1927-1946 along with the the district Assayers mark indicating a standard of fineness of 84 Zolotniks.
The exterior of the case is in very ...click for details
A fine quality sterling silver vinaigrette by Thomas Shaw, Caroline Street Birmingham.
Rectangular box is bright cut on all sides with well formed, rolled edges. The grill and interior are gold gilt and both the lid and bottom bear the George IV head, Lion Passant, Initials of Thomas Shaw and the date code 1837
The ornate grill is of the finest quality, punched and tooled to simulate patterned wire work.
The gold gilt interior shows slight abrasion and wear from use and age. Accompanied by th ...click for details
A finely crafted, ladies sterling silver vinaigrette bearing the touch marks of Joseph William of Birmingham and bearing the date code of 1813.
The oval form is decorated with a punched and engraved pattern on the lid which surrounds a cartouche. The sides and back are decorated with a punched double band. The silver grill bears a simple punched pattern. The back of the grill and the interior of the box is gold gilt which shows some slight and light abrasion from use and age.
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From British Ceylon, (Sri Lanka) an attractive oval silver box with hinged lid. The shape suggests that it may have been intended as a Betel or Tobacco box. The delicate, foliated design further suggests a Moghul influence. With a well crafted hinge and frosted silver interior it is In very good condition with only slight abrasions from use and age. Size, 2.75" x 3.75". 1870-1890.
A very unusual German Cigarette Case in that it is not trench art but commercially made and according to the date stamped on the drum faces in the motif, produced after WW!. Unusual in the sense that the Imperial family was in disgrace in the eyes of the German people for having lost the war. The Kaiser was banished from Germany and the new German government discouraged the use of Imperial crests, seals or flags. One can only guess that this case was made immediately after the war and then in o ...click for details
A very fine Imperial Russian silver and niello tobacco box dated 1884. With a classic Imperial period Dacha on the lid and a floral surround cartouche bearing the initials SD on the back. The gilt interior bears the date 1884 as well as an assayers touch mark on both the lid and bottom. In excellent condition with only sight wear from use and age. Size is three and five eights by two and one eighth.