A Late Nineteenth Century Engraved Silver Box

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An engaging and personal little silver treasure, of rectangular form, engraved all over with vines, leaves and scrolls. At the centre of one side is a cartouche engraved with the monogram "J E A". The case has spring-loaded hinges and is opened by a button at the top. Around the button is a metal loop for attaching to a chain, which is hallmarked with a lion, indicating sterling silver. There is no date or maker's mark found on the box. Similar in size to a vesta case, or a matchbox, this little box could have been used as a locket, to hold treasured items such as a lock of hair, a small likeness of someone, or a miniature bible perhaps. Whatever the original function, this little charm would be ideal for anyone who loves beautiful small things.

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