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Rare Aq.sterling Silver Sliding Heart Opium Snuff Box Chatelaine,albertina Chain For Sale

Rare Aq.sterling Silver Sliding Heart Opium Snuff Box Chatelaine,albertina Chain

EXCEEDINGLY RARE-Antique Sterling Silver Large Sliding, Heart Shaped, Opium Snuff Box Chatelaine,with Rare Albertina Chains/Made in Vietnam.
For your offerding consideration comes this extremely rare LARGE sterling silver Opium Snuff Box Chatelaine,with beautiful traditional chase/hammered and repousse technique! The repousse decor is Dragon faces and Tails. The level of detail is absolutely stunning!! A handmade sterling silver ball,with braided decor, and 4 long Albertina chains,braided,and connected to the top of the Box,by a large hinge and various jump rings. The opposite end of the Albertina chains are attached to a decorative sterling silver piece, that once hung from the folds of clothing,or hung from a chatelaine. Unfortunately,the silver attachment piece is broken,and partially missing,attributed to age and use wear.
These Snuff Boxes were used up to the 20th century for storing,Opium/Snuff,Ground Limestone,and Cosmetics. The heart shaped Box has unique sliding closure,and was traditionally used by women,to store their snuff or other sundries.
Originally purchased from a little shop,in old Hanoi,Vietnam. The small shop sold a variety of antique knickknacks and unusual items. I polished the outside Box,as it was very dark and dirty,however,I left the inside untouched,as it still has a faint,sweet,incense-like scent.
Approximate measurements of the Box include: 1-3/4" Length., 1-3/4" Width., 3/4" Height.
Approximate measurements of the Albertina Chains: 6" Long and 7" Long,including the knotted mesh ball & jump rings.
The entire piece measures approximately, 9-3/4" Long and weighs approx. 45 grams.
Exceptional antique condition! Minor surface scratches and light dings to the silver,mainly along the edge,all considered to be age appropriate.
You may obtain more info. about this Box if you have access to the book, "JEWELRY OF SOUTHEAST ASIA", page 133.
These Boxes are extremely difficult to find,and is said to be highly sought after by the European collector.
A very beautiful,rare antique book piece and outstanding addition for the discerning Snuff Box collector! This rare example should not be missed!!Thank you for viewing.
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