Antique Italian Silver Case

AGE: c. 1900
DIMENSIONS: 3 ¼” l x 2 ½” w x 3/8” h
CONDITION: Excellent; some apparent loss of gilding


This exquisitely crafted antique silver case has its original box from the shop where it was purchased near Naples.  On the interior of the top, the case is marked “800” which is the typical Italian sterling mark.  The top has a masterfully etched pattern of leaves and flowers.  The top and bottom edges of the case are decorated with intricately crafted rows of leaves.  The silver has developed a rich antique patina and it appears the case once had some gilding, which has largely worn off with use.