An attractive and artistic c1920's middle Eastern sterling silver and niello matchbox cover.
Substantial sized, unmarked sterling silver case with black niello scenes on each side.
The one side features a scene at sea with people on boats, they could be fishing boats and the people are out catching the days fresh catch, the other side features a scene of land and traditional buildings.
Matchbox covers were an ideal piece for seamen and fishermen as they kept the matches protected from the elements, this one also has the theme of being out at sea and then back at land.
They were also popular tourist pieces and Eastern niello was highly prized for the craftsmanship of the artists.
Unmarked, tests as sterling silver.
Good used condition overall, some wear near to the striking areas and internally tarnish.
Approx 5cm width, 1.5cm height, 3cm length and 34.24 grams.
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