Edwardian silver desk match-box, hall-marked in Chester 1909, probably by Sampson Mordan & Co, who specialised in propelling pencils, pens and desk accessories, more usually hall-marked in London or Birmingham. It has a very unusual striker in the form of a series of brass disks, stamped below 'turbine' and 'patent'. The inside of the box is lined in cedar wood, with the inside of the cover frosted and gilded. Of course, this striker will only work with non-safety matches, such as Swan Vestas, stocked by every tobacconist. I've tried it, and they work. The cover is applied with a circular enamel plaque of an attractively semi-undressed young lady, wearing little other than a translucent slip and black stockings, and smoking the first, or last, cigarette of the day. The box measures 3 5/8 x 3 inches overall: 93 x 77 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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