Albert Coles Engraved Coin Silver Card Case
Card cases were fashionable items in the 19th century, and this coin silver one made c. 1860 by Albert Coles of New York would have made a notable statement for its owner. It measures 3 3/8" by 2 3/8" by 1/8". Both sides of the piece are intricately engraved with ivy and lotus or palmetto leaf detailing, which are motifs that would have been especially popular at the time. The work is impressive enough to bring it to the edge between craft and artistry. There is a reserve on each side, one of which is decorated, and one left plain for a monogram or inscription, neither of which was ever added. The condition is excellent. The hinge works freely and is without play. There are no splits or dents in the metal. It is stamped on the lip with the Albert Coles eagle/AC/face hallmark plus "A. C & Co."