Perhaps one surprising area of Middle Eastern silver is that items produced during World War 2 crop up more than might be expected. It was common for troops stationed abroad to bring items back home but for these luxury items also to be manufactured in the middle of the largest human conflict perhaps seems unusual. Egyptian silver production had quite a well regulated marking system, and this allows us today to identify and accurately date items. The item here has substantial silver content, far more than required for a decorative piece. It was perhaps for water with the handles being suitable for carrying straps. It also has an Egyptian hallmark for 1942 and the city mark for Cairo, perhaps right at the time Rommel was advancing on the city!
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