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Australian Silver Tobacco Case & Vesta Case Nahum Barnet Architect

Australian Silver Tobacco Case & Vesta Case Nahum Barnet Architect


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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Silver: Sterling: Pre 1900: Item # 1374492

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We are offering you today an exceptional and a rare find. An Australian made Colonial period Circa 1883 900 standard Silver presentation Tobacco / Cigarette Case and Vesta Case in their original fitted case. Both pieces are of rounded oblong form with beautiful engraved bands; the Tobacco box has a engraved banner and is surrounded by engraved foliage and an engraved bird to the top. Inside the banner is an engraved presentation inscription 'Presented to N Barnet Esq Architect, From A. Harris on the completion of Rosaville Drumond St. Carlton; the Vesta case has a small engraved banner monogrammed 'NB' and a vacant engraved banner to the reverse. Both items are contained in the original leather case with a silk lined red fitted interior which really shows them off beautifully . If this isn't rare enough to find a Australian silver Tobacco case and Vesta case in the original case the person they were presented to Nahum Barnet was a highly successful and prolific architect working in Melbourne. The reason for this presentation to Barnet from A. Harris was for the completion of his home which he had commissioned Barnett to design, the home was called Rosaville which was built in 1883 and still exists at 46 Drummond Street Carlton Melbourne and is listed on the National Trust as well as the Victorian heritage register and is protected under state law. The property is a significant example of boom style classicism in the 1880s. I have not found much information on Abraham Harris other than he was the owner of an Emporium on Elizabeth street Melbourne but I am sure with time more information could be found. I could list many of Nahum Barnet designs and commissions but I will just list a few and will give you links to more information at the bottom of my description. I have shown images of the silver marks on both the Tobacco case and Vesta case and show them side by side. If you zoom in you will see that it is very difficult to identify the maker and you would think the mark to the left would be the makers mark and then the one in the middle looks like three initials and then you can see in the far right, faintly, 900 for the silver standard. Given time and the resources you may be able to identify who the maker was. Condition is very good. The Tobacco Box / Cigarette case and Vesta case are in there original fitted presentation case. The Tobacco box has a couple of very minor bruises one to bottom left hand rounded corner and a very minor one to the front of lid .The hinged lid works perfectly and snaps shut tightly.There are no splits or repairs and the engraving is clear and in very good condition. The Vesta Case is in very good condition no bruises dents splits or repairs and its hinged lid snaps shut tightly. The engraving is in good condition. There is a set of silver marks to the rim of the Tobacco box and Vesta case and are very hard to read will go in to more detail in the description. Please zoom in on our images as they are part of our description and condition report. Please ask if you need any more images or information. Approximate dimensions. Tobacco Box Height 8.5 cm Width 5.5 cm Depth 2 cm Weight 66.3 grams Vesta Case Height 4.5 cm Width 2.8 cm Depth 1 cm Weight 16.8 grams Aberdeen House (Melbourne) Clyde House (Melbourne) Kalizoic Building (Melbourne) Lancashire House (Melbourne) Melba Theatre (Melbourne) Melbourne Synagogue (South Yarra, Melbourne) Reliance House (Melbourne) Zercho's Business College (Melbourne) Her Majesty's Theatre (Melbourne) Austral Building (Melbourne) Legacy House (Melbourne) Britannia Theatre (Melbourne) Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University As you can see Nahum Barnet was a leading and prolific Architect of the late Victorian and Edwardian period in Melbourne, Australia and makes this set we are offering a piece of Australian and especially Melbourne History.