Specializing in Fine Antique Vintage Jewelry & Collectibles. Click Here to Like us on Facebook. 1880 Victorian Sterling Silver Chinese Dragon Vesta Cigarette Case! These prices come from GIA recognized Gem Guide , THE wholesale price guide for dealers. These values do not dictate what a piece is worth. This is the price a piece would be worth if stripped down and melted to its bare materials. This amazing piece of history is from the Export Era of Chinese Culture. From the late 1800’s to 1960’s China made some of the finest hand crafted objects in the world including silver work! This beautiful case was used for Cigarette’s or as a Vesta Case, sometimes also used as a card case. The top of the case includes a repousse hand punched Dragon across the topside of this amazing piece. There is also a spot for a monogram to be inscribed on the topside, very rarely is there not one placed, this is one of those cases. The case opens up with a push clasp and features thick silver work throughout. The inside includes a hallmark that says Souvenir and Sterling Silver. This means that during the Grand Tour period of the Victorian Era somebody most likely commissioned this to be made and exported back home. Only the richest of the rich could afford to have this type of craftsmanship done. This is a museum quality masterpiece. It;s not often that Dragon Chinese Export cases come up for sale. Please don’t miss out on your chance to own a work of art and piece of history. Main Stone Carat Weight/Color/Clarity. Accent Stone Carat Weight/Color/Clarity. Sizable by Your Local Jeweler. Due to the age of some of these pieces some items will not be stamped. The National Stamping Act was not enacted until 1906, before 1906 jewelry was not legally required to have a karat mark. This is one way to date items prior to the Art Nouveau time period. 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This item is in the category “Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (.925)\Cigarette & Vesta Cases”. The seller is “aumiagoldandsilverjewelry” and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Composition: Sterling Silver
- Age: 1850-1899