The front panel has a 3-dimensional embossed Mermaid from the inside creating a raised design. The Mermaid motif suggests the owner may have been a yachtsman, boat owner, fisherman, naval personnel, or perhaps just a man with an appreciation for a provocative lady image.
The inside shows naturally occurring untouched aging that has not been cleaned. There is a small dovetail type hinge at the top left side that allows the bottom and top cover to open and close. Both the top and bottom align properly, and the spring opens and closes the match safe tightly with a snap. The bottom has a recessed serrated embossed channel that acts as the strike plate for strike anywhere matches.
This piece is not Maker marked but is stamped STERLING on the back inside protruding lip that aligns the top and bottom. I have been told that this style match safe came in various sizes and motifs, and date to the early 1900's. Overall, this piece this piece is in excellent condition with a deep, dark, naturally occurring untouched silver patina that collectors covet.
This eye appealing risqué piece would be perfect for any smoker, match safe, Tobacco, Gambler, or Sporting Gent, Nautical, Maritime display; and could still be used today by a Gent or Lady. Exceptions include holidays, power outages, and evacuations. Claims such as doesn't match description or photos, doesn't seem authentic, Doesn't fit, Wrong item sent, Missing parts or pieces, Doesn't work or defective, Arrived damaged.Due to a myriad of International and U. Listing and template services provided by inkFrog. This item is in the category "Antiques\Maritime\Other Maritime Antiques".
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