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Egyptian Sterling Silver Patch Box / Snuff Box / Pill Box
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Egyptian Sterling Silver Patch Box / Snuff Box / Pill Box
Egyptian Sterling Silver Patch Box / Snuff Box / Pill Box
Egyptian Sterling Silver Patch Box / Snuff Box / Pill Box
Egyptian Sterling Silver Patch Box / Snuff Box / Pill Box
Egyptian Sterling Silver Patch Box / Snuff Box / Pill Box
Patch Box of Egyptian Sterling Silver with Mother of Pearl Inlays

We recently acquired a small collection of interesting older metal boxes, each unique in its own way. At first glance I assumed they were pill boxes, then I was told they were perhaps snuff boxes. Because we derive much pleasure from the research we do into the uses and origins of the items on this site, our quest began to identify each one. The result? They were not really snuff boxes, as we learned that those were larger, about 3" in diameter, and ours average about 1-1/2". They are called Patch Boxes, and were utilized by ladies to hold the tiny patches or beauty spots that they were accustomed to placing on their faces, to accentuate a feature - - quite the fashion at the time.

Next came the task of identifying the materials and methods of artistic decoration of each small box, and also the country of origin. We have done our best; however, please feel free to correct us if you find any of our assumptions to be inaccurate. We are not experts, just people who enjoy things old and interesting.

This Patch Box is my absolute favorite, and the primary reason I purchased the collection. It took a jeweler's loup, and a great deal of research to finally determine the composition and origin of this spectacular piece. There are 4 matching hallmarks stamped into the 4 different areas of silver - - the upper edge near the inlays, the side of the lid, the lip area of the base and the inside of the bottom. Each bears the CAIRO Assay symbol and the symbol for .800 silver. The locations of these stamps can be seen in the photos as very tiny impressions.

The box is round in shape. It measures 1-1/2" in diameter and is 11/16" high. There is a second mark in the inside of the bottom, which should be the date letter. I have not been able to match it yet, but my reading indicated that it is either a Roman or an Arabic letter, depending on whether it was made before or after 1940. If I find it, I will post that information as well.

The condition of this piece is exceptionally nice. The lid fits smoothly and securely, there are no dents or damage that I have been able to find. In the photos, you will see the impressed assay stamps. The inlay is beautiful and is mother of pearl and some type of white and black stones. There is minimal surface wear on the bottom. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions.

I try to describe the items on this site as accurately as possible; however since most of the items are either antique or at best vintage, due to their age, they are sold in "as is" condition. Please examine the pictures and contact us with any questions, to request additional pictures, or to contribute further information, by using the Contact tab on our Home page. We are not experts and always welcome your input.
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