|Title:||Antique Silver Guiter pill box|
|Description:||Antique Silver /Gold pill box in an ornate Guiter Motif|
|Origin:||Item came from a thrif shop|
|Appraised By:||Joan Whatton|
|Appraiser Comments:||Hello, this is Joan Whatton. Your request for an appraisal has been referred to me for a reply. I have closely examined the information you have submitted. Thank you for the images and descriptive information. My findings are based on this information. The sterling silver figural snuff/pill box is a violin; the violin has a few missing parts, i.e. some of the strings and part of the tailpiece. The pill box has the lion in a circle which is the London mark for sterling silver; the "S" in a shield is the date letter for C. 1893, the "F" in a circle is the maker and is for the town of Friesland, Netherlands. The pill box is a Dutch novelty; the Dutch town of Friesland was famous in the 18th and 19th century for silver miniatures, and the "F is also for the English import mark. Only a proportion of miniatures bear marks as they were too small as to have space for only a single stamp. Besides they were too light in weight to require more by law. However, most of the silver miniatures were not intended for children, but served as a pastime for the wives of very rich merchants. Other scenes such as scenes from the lives of the children and adults, all kinds of figurative and religious presentations, windmills, sailing ships, professions, chairs, tables, carriages and coaches were made. The design on the pill box is hand chasing where silver is moved with a small pointed tool and a small mallet, silver is not removed, but designs are drawn in the metal with the tool using a small mallet. This method is also used to produce a textured background in the design. The value, as is, for the pill box would be between $415.00 and $525.00 in today's retail market. The market comparison appraoch to value was used which estimates value by comparison with properties sold in the relevant market, with adjustments made for all differences that affect value, such as differences in characteristics of value, in market layer, and in time. The values listed below may vary depending on how and where it is marketed. CONGRATULATIONS ON A GREAT FIND !!! Kindest regards, Joan Whatton American Society of Appraisers Jondre` Appraisal Services, LLC|
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