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iconnumber posted 02-19-2019 08:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I acquired a small hinged box about the size of a deck of cards. I was able to determine that it is niello, but that’s about it. The pattern on the top is ornate floral with a central engraved cartouche that is surrounded by Greco Roman motif. The design is mostly silver, but certain elements of it, including the cartouch are of a yellow metal. On the back is an all over vine like pattern in silver highlighted by the black niello. The corners of the box are very rounded, like a bar of soap, making it perfect to hold in your hand. Inside, the lid is very shallow with little brackets where probably there was elastic, but far too shallow for cigarettes. The bottom is featureless, except it appears that it may have remains of a gold wash. On the inside of the lid on the flange it is inscribed “Franz Heiss & Söhn Wien” and there are also 2 tiny marks. One is hexagonal with something vaguely circular in the middle, the other is a tiny bar with what appears to be two figures in it. These marks are TINY! I can’t find any information on the name, and wonder if anyone can tell me anything about this box. When and where is it from, what was it’s use and is the yellowish metal likely gold?

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