Repousse Sterling Silver Bezique Gambling Set, Monogram
Very tastefully done sterling silver Bezique card set, probably from second quarter of 20th century. Case is done with very detailed repousse work featuring a multitude of cherubs with a floral swag pattern. Top of box is monogrammed "SSA". Hallmark on base of box is unknown (to us.) Top and side compartments are purple lined and include four sets of cards; Two have the same SSA initials and there are two that have U.S. IRS import stamps for playing cards (one is detached from the pack). Other inserts include four purple felt slide out compartments for playing cards, sterling silver pen, pad of paper and two Bezique boards with ivory counters. Stripped of all removable inserts, as in the last photograph, the box weighs 39 ounces. Very attractive set.