Swedish Victorian C.G. Hallberg Card Case in Sterling Silver with Repoussé Lilies
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An incredibly charming, silver, book-shaped case with intricate repoussé designs. This was made by the famous jeweler C.G. Hallberg, and the decoration is perfectly suited to the turn of the century, being a combination of Arts & Crafts aesthetics and Art Nouveau floral. There are four hollow circles marking N, S, E, and W, and four beautiful lilies marking the inter-cardinal directions. The recessed field has a meticulously hand-textured, pebbled surface. Original patina is lovely dark and mottled, with brightness on the high points. This case has a leaver that slides down and keeps it tightly shut. The name Calle is engraved on one side of the case, on a center plaque.
I would tuck a special note inside this, an incantation, a photograph or three, but it was intended to be a calling card case, or perhaps a needle case. There is a mysterious, silver, needle-shaped accessory that lives next to the hinge. This is Swedish and is fully hallmarked for the maker C.G. Hallberg (jeweler to the Swedish court), 830 purity silver and the year 1900.
Excellent. Original, almost black, patina.
Measures approx 2 1/4" tall x 1 1/2" wide. Thickness is 1/16".