Egyptian Silver (900) Niello Checkerboard Cigarette Case

Unknown (Middle East, 20th Century)

Egyptian Silver (900) Niello Checkerboard Cigarette Case
2554 Lincoln Blvd # 696
Venice, CA, 90291
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Egyptian Silver (900) Niello Checkerboard Cigarette Case


This is a stunning 900 silver niello cigarette case, made in Egypt in 1929. The delicate niello technique of creating black enamel designs on silver is exhibited so beautifully here in a tight checkerboard pattern. It also exhibits exquisite craftsmanship, as executing such a tight niello pattern is very hard to do. Press the push-release clasp to reveal a gilt interior. The shape of this piece is very pleasing to hold and it is on the larger side for a cigarette case. It can also be used as a wallet or clutch. It is in perfect condition with a crisp niello pattern and perfectly working hinge and clasp.

This case measures 5 1/4" x 3 1/4" 1/2" and weighs 153 grams. It bears Egyptian maker's marks as well as the "D" date mark for 1929. It also has what appears to be a german mark next to "900" silver. Perhaps it was made in Egypt for a German company. The inside of the case is monogrammed with "B.J.B. M.S.B. 5th ANIV. 3.10.42."

WIDTH: 5 in | HEIGHT: 1 in | DEPTH: 3 in

Origin Middle East
Category Silver
Period 20th Century
Style Unspecified

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