French Niello Sterling Silver Match Safe with Gilt Striker

Unknown (France, 19th Century)

French Niello Sterling Silver Match Safe with Gilt Striker
2554 Lincoln Blvd # 696
Venice, CA, 90291
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French Niello Sterling Silver Match Safe with Gilt Striker


This is a remarkable sterling silver match safe with niello decoration, made in France. The delicate niello technique of creating black enamel designs on silver is exhibited so beautifully here in a tight checkerboard pattern on the diamond. On the side of this match safe is a depressed, gilt striker. The interior of this piece is also gilt. This match safe is in near perfect condition, with a few very minor dents from normal use that can only be seen when holding it at certain angles in the light. The niello decoration is perfectly crisp and clear and the hinge on the tightly fitting lid works great. To find a French niello piece in this good shape very rare indeed.

It measures 2 1/4" x 1" x 1/2" and weighs 31 grams, or just under 1 Troy ounce. It is marked with two boar's heads; a French mark.

WIDTH: 2 in | HEIGHT: 1 in | DEPTH: 1 in

Origin France
Category Collectibles
Period 19th Century
Style Unspecified

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