no, not that kind of a cat box, but a snuff box with "trap door" opening and secret compartment, 2 1/4 by 1 7/8 by 1 inches, weight 2.27 oz. Troy, marked with Chinese ideograms only (please see 5th photo).
In terms of construction, this is, not alas a first rate object. The edges don't quite meet up flush, the hinge is on the exterior rather than integral, and there are also a few minor bits of waviness on the front and side panels...
length 6 5/8 inches, weight 1.28 oz. Troy, monogrammed "B", fine condition.
length 5 3/8 inches, no monogram, exemplary original condition, weight 1.00 oz. Troy. For those who might not be familiar with the design and production of these small sculptures cast in silver, we would commend to you the excellent chapter on same in Carpenter's "Gorham Silver".
maker's mark "OL" height just shy of 3 1/2; top diameter 2 3/4 inches, monogrammed "AAH" (script) in oval cartouche with fancy scrolled floral engraved border, weight 2.23 oz. Troy, faintly gilt interior, a few dents in base as shown (please see photo number three) but very good overall condition.
What more may we say about this beaker? It won't break if you drop it and thus is well suited for bathroom or bar room...
Birmingham 1905, maker J.A.R., diameter 1.5 inches, weight 1.05 oz. Troy, excellent condition, no engraving, gilt silver. Please see third photo for marks.
length 5 1/8 inches, weight .68 oz. Troy, excellent condition, no monogram. Watson, which was located just above Providence, RI in North Attleboro, Massachusetts had many fine quality designs. In addition to Cherub, their Lily and "Fruit and Flowers" patterns are both sought after by collectors for the faithful and finely detailed rendering of their subject matter.
gilt bowl, no monogram, fine condition, length nine inches, weight 2.74 oz. Troy.
Schoonhoven Silversmiths circa 1910, height 1 3/4 inches, weight .54 oz. Troy, excellent condition. Most items from this firm are of above average quality. Ours is no exception.
length 13 1/2; width 11; height 2 1/4 inches, in classic Art Nouveau form with embossed cherries along undulating border, no monogram, excellent condition though currently a bit bright (we're not responsible for this sin, alas...), weight 27 oz. Troy. Those who unlike Yours Truly have long strong memories may recall a similar example which we helped place in the Gorham collection at RISD (see Silver Magazine, March/April '98, p. 18). This one is a bit better, we think...
length 6 1/4 inches, weight 1.12 oz. Troy, monogrammed (reverse) with three letter conjoined script, excellent condition, retailed by Boston's own late lamented Bigelow Kennard & Co. In the sad event that you've been eating pap with a stainless steel utensil, click your mouse, send us an email, and get something proper...
length 8 1/2 inches, no monogram, outstanding original condition.
length 9 3/8 inches, excellent condition save for a spot of plate wear as shown (see third photo for excruciating detail), no monogram.
length five inches, weight 1.77 oz. Troy the set, excellent original condition, no monogram, gilt bowls. It is a pleasure to note the hand done details (twist handle, applied wirework; see photos three and four) in what was largely a mass produced item. See this wench bringing ale, that lad with with the pig on a platter, yet another with his lute...
Length 3 3/16 inches, no monogram, excellent condition. Not technically a pair (as some may be eager to inform us), though if the truth be known much too much credence is placed on the "different marks mean different dates" hypothesis for Jensen silver...
length 8 1/4 inches, weight 1.05 oz Troy, fine condition, monogrammed .
length five inches, no monogram, excellent condition, weight .95 Troy ounces, please see third photo for mark. Rather a scarce piece in this pattern, and undoubtedly the cutest item on our entire website.
Should you have the good fortune to be reading our web page sequentially, here are two twisted bits of silver in honor of April Fool's Day. These were made in different fashions by individual craftsmen operating a machine which could rotate their working stock in alternating directions, causing a "trompe l'oeil" effect. Length 5 7/8 inches, weight .70 oz. Troy, no monogram, some knife cuts on reverse of tines but otherwise in fine condition. Place pieces in this pattern are scarce.
length 7 1/4 inches, fine condition, gilt bowl, monogram "EG", weight 1.32 oz. Troy.