Antique Indian Goan Silver Filigree Wire Calling Card Case c1860 (Code 0494)
A mid 19th century silver filigree card case. It is Indo-Portuguese in origin, probably from the region of Goa in India, although they were also made in the Deccan region. It is formed from coiled wires with an outer frame. The lid is hinged and fixed with a simple friction clasp. These items were used for calling cards and would have been used by wealthier individuals during the Victorian period. This example has a shield shaped cartouche on each side which are engraved with initials IMG or similar.
Normal wear and aging. One small coil appears to be missing from the cap. Hinge and clasp working ok. Some compression to the body as common for these pieces.
Height: 8.5 cm ( 3 3/8 inch )
Width: 5.3 cm ( 2 inch )
Weight: 38 grams (before packing)
Stock Code: 0494 AP17-1
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