Victorian Hallmarked Sterling Silver Silk-lined Card Case – 1890
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Victorian Hallmarked Sterling Silver Silk-lined Card Case – 1890:
Victorian Sterling Silver Card Case
This beautiful card case is made from sterling silver in rectangular form with scalloped edges. Both sides are exquisitely decorated with Bright-Cut engraved foliage and, to top of the front, there is a small cartouche inscribed with the initials ‘A V’ (please see the condition report below). The case opens by means of a push-button clasp to the side and reveals a turquoise silk lining with two packets to each side. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1890 with the maker’s mark of Henry Matthews. I believe this case would comfortably accommodate cards measuring up to 8.2cm (3.25”) by 5cm (2”).
The clasp and button release of the case work very well and it shuts very securely, and the decorative work is beautifully crisp. There is a light bruise across the front cartouche. Unfortunately, it seems the case has been dropped at some stage in its life which has caused two small dents to one corner of the top edge. To the other corner, there is a small split to the casing by the hinge It doesn’t affect the hinge’s operation and isn’t on a stress point so it shouldn’t worsen. As mentioned earlier, it hasn’t affected the closing and opening of the case. I’ve shown this area clearly in the photos below and have reflected the damage in the asking price. The silk inside has no signs of wear and the pockets are nice and tight – with those on one side looking as if they’ve never been used. However, there is some light staining, especially around the edges, which I think my result from the use of silver polish.
Approximate Measurements Length - 9.8 cm (3.9”)
Width - 7.3 cm (2.8”) not including button
80 grams Please see the photos below and feel free to get in touch with any questions
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I endeavour to ship items within 2 working days of cleared payment. All packages are sent by Royal Mail Signed-For service and have adequate insurance built in to the postage cost. I do not make any profit on postage/insurance costs and don?t charge for packaging. To ensure items are safe in transit, I package them very well and, unfortunately, this does increase mailing costs somewhat. All packages must be signed for upon receipt. Failure to do so or collect a package will result in it being returned to me and the buyer will be responsible for the cost of re-sending the item. Any Import Duties, Taxes and other charges due on International purchases are the sole responsibility of the buyer. I am happy to combine postal charges for multiple purchases and have a policy of automatically refunding any overpaid postage if I have over-estimated it.
My aim is to try to ensure that items I sell fully meet the buyer's expectation and, for this reason, I provide photos of all aspects of items on sale and give a very detailed written description and condition report. PLEASE NOTE that all items sold are used and are either Antique or Vintage which means there will be some very light surface abrasions caused through cleaning and use.
If a buyer purchases an item and it does not match its description or photos, I will give a no quibble refund for the cost of the item and the shipping costs incurred. If, however, a buyer changes his/her mind about a purchase, then he/she may also return it for a full refund of the item's cost but the outward and return shipping costs will be the responsibility of the buyer.
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I source and re-home high quality antique and vintage silver at wholesale prices. On the odd occasion, I come across something that might have had a bit of a rough life but deserves a second chance rather than being consigned to the melting pot. In all cases, because buyers are purchasing from a distance, I always provide in-depth condition reports and multiple high-magnification images in my listings to give you as much information as possible.Through selling online, I maintain low overheads and try to set 'Buy It Now' prices at a lower rate than those charged by most antique shops and fairs.
I am very passionate about the pieces I sell and am most happy when they go to a new home where they'll be fully appreciated.
If you have any questions whatsoever about an item I am selling, please feel free to contact me at I will be more than happy to answer them. Should you wish to collect or view any items, I am located in Amersham, Buckinghamshire.
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