When I first saw this snuff bottle, I assumed it was Russian, made around 1900. Although un-marked, the enamelling technique and the colours of the shaded enamel were so typical of the best Russian work of the period that I was convinced. Later, thinking about it, I concluded that a snuff bottle was n't a very Russian item, and Russians were also pretty fierce about hall-marking. Although the bottle is silver-gilt, it bears no marks of any kind. Then I looked at the green enamel down the sides and China sprang into my mind - and now I am sure that is what it is - a Chinese snuff bottle copying - which the Chinese are famous for - Russian cloisonné enamel technique and colouring. The top is quite a tight fit, but not liquid-proof. It would have had an ivory spoon attached to extract the snuff. Whatever, it is a very decorative and beautiful item, with an overall height of 2 3/4 inches: 71 mm.
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N.Bloom & Son was established by my maternal grandfather in 1912. I have run the business since 1971. I specialise in high-quality old jewellery, mostly late 19th and 20th century, of interesting and unusual design. After having a succession of shops in the West End over forty years, and having a achieved a high reputation and profile with the public, I decided to close my last shop in 2005, and now I trade solely over the internet, or by person-to-person contact with clients. I can be contacted by telephone 020 7629 5060, or from abroad 0044 20 7629 5060 or by email as below. Prices ncludes insured free-of-charge UK/Europe posting for any item, or free-of-charge sending by FedEx world-wide for any item over £500’
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