This superb nécessaire is fully hallmarked silver. It was made in the 1950s by Marzi & Pellegrini. The original protective pouch with the name of the luxury jeweller 'Donovan & Seamans Co.' is also present. This is a high quality item that will retain its luxurious appearance and never need to be cleaned. The lid, interior & base are decorated with the most beautiful bright-cut engraving. The lid is 'gem' set and in the middle an exquisite arbor vitae (tree of life). The engraved borders shimmer as they catch the light - so typical of mid-century Italian silver accessories - ornate & gorgeous! The surfaces that are not engraved with finely detailed floral motifs have an engine turned design of very fine vertical lines. These decorative techniques were used to prevent fingerprints from showing on splendid & precious vanity cases. All clasps & hinges work perfectly. Lift the lid to reveal an enchanting interior with an excellent mirror which gives a perfect reflection. The inner case contains three finely engraved compartments. The largest one of the left is for paper money and make-up. In between these compartments is the original tiny Lucite comb which sits in its solid silver sprung holder. The comb is fashioned to resemble tortoise shell. To the right of the comb two lidded powder wells. Imagine the delight of the collector on opening them for the first time to see the original pristine vivid blue and pink down puffs! Not only this but they are on the original unused velour edged sifters. The sifters are placed on top the protective cardboard inserts that were placed in the powder wells at the point of manufacture to protect the silver from the chemicals in the face powder. But this elaborate nécessaire has never been used to store powder. There is also a sprung lipstick holder. The hallmarks are clearly visible '202FI' & '800' silver.
This is an extremely rare & luxurious accessory which comprises entirely of fully hallmarked solid silver. The whole piece is in excellent condition. The dimensions ensure that it is suitable as a bridal clutch or an impressive accessory for that special day / evening when only something unique will do.
This solid silver minaudiere / nécessaire measures 5 1/2" x 4" & weighs 453.4 grams.
This is the most wonderful bridal clutch / evening bag which will not fail to impress.
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