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Silver Enamel Match Holder / Snuff Box

Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:17 am
by tzarevich
Hello, I have a small 4.4 cm tal and 3.9 cm wide match holder / snuff box which is made of silver with an intricate enamel design.

There is one hallmark on the bottom, any ideas as to origin and meaning?

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Re: Silver Enamel Match Holder / Snuff Box

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:50 am
by tzarevich
Just following up, is there anyone who can decipher this hallmark?

Re: Silver Enamel Match Holder / Snuff Box

Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:14 am
by Aguest
The dimensions and the design might point towards a "Pandan Box" ::: These boxes were used to store "Pan," an edible leaf wrapped in lime paste and nuts and spices :::

These silver Pandan Boxes were made in the "Mugal Empire" and beyond Northern India :: I've been trying to figure out the language, but no luck yet, there are quite a few choices in India and Pakistan, but I really am not quite sure of even the language, much less what the hallmark means :::

I did try, but this one is too difficult for me to figure out, it seems like identifying the language of the script would be the first step ::::

Re: Silver Enamel Match Holder / Snuff Box

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 12:58 am
by zhaosu
Was ist denn das?!

Have to say...it'a newly made fake antique, but the material looks solid silver.

I don't know who made this, but they are known to use a single "紋" mark only, presumably since 2000s. The character came from the word "紋銀" which means fine silver but no one use it in modern life, so it means the mark implied the item was silver but only antique collector can understand. Their 'products' are in different styles and crafts, I don't think I've seen two identical pieces, thus I guess they were hand-made. So what's the purpose?