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coldair

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iconnumber posted 09-19-2007 12:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for coldair     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
[26-1503]

Curved hinged top box hallmarked MT looks to be sterling but not marked as such about 4 inches by 3 inches tall and 3/8inch inside storage area.

Any guesses what it was used for origin? maker?




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silverhunter

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iconnumber posted 09-19-2007 04:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for silverhunter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice looking object, inspired by Asian dragon. I'm curious about the other reactions. The shape of the pattern is looking like to wear it easier in a trouser's pocket, maybe inside a article for daily use? I keep it short because I have no idea about the mark. I am interested in the solution so I follow the topic.

Success with to get the solution for this one! Greetings Silverhunter.

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vathek

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iconnumber posted 09-19-2007 08:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for vathek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
offhand guess a calling card case.

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Ulysses Dietz
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iconnumber posted 09-19-2007 09:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just guessing, but card case seems right, if I read the dimensions correctly---and I might also guess Chinese made for local use by colonists (i.e. Hong Kong or Canton). Does this make sense folks?

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DB

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iconnumber posted 09-19-2007 09:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Checking Forbes:Chinese Export Silver 1785 to 1885 there is no mention of a MT mark, but the case is probably later anyhow.

I would take issue with one thing though: the term "hallmarks", "hallmarking" is to be used for English silver, since it refers to Goldsmiths' Hall, where items are marked.

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coldair

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iconnumber posted 09-19-2007 11:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for coldair     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the insight so far. I agree with the curve for close fit body comfort, but calling cards? it's a little bigger than today's size. Sorry about misuse of the term hallmark, but for all I know it could be british. What term does one use ? Mark, stamp?

BTW - I am doing this as research for a friend who's father had the box given to him as some fraternal gift. If it would help I could ask her more, but so far she is real sketchy on any other provenance.

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swarter
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iconnumber posted 09-19-2007 12:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by coldair:
Sorry about misuse of the term hallmark, but for all I know it could be british. What term does one use ? Mark, stamp?

See here for an explanation of hallmarks.

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blakstone

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iconnumber posted 09-19-2007 02:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blakstone     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Definitely a card case - this thin, curved form was popular in the first quarter of the 20th century; I recently catalogued a very similar British example hallmarked 1912-13. I also concur with Chinese export; I have seen this "MT" mark at least once before.

And don't get me started on the whole "correct" usage of "hallmark" thing . . .

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