It is highly likely that this sterling silver orange novelty powder compact is unique. Just adorable! The lid has a 'sprinkler' which is operated by turning the leaves to either stop or allow powder to pass through the tiny perforations on the top half of the lid. Also there is a hanging ring so that it could be fixed to a chatelain. The whole novelty is vermeil and does not look like it has been used with face powder. The little orange has as pitted exterior just as you see on a real orange. The exterior gilding is subtle but the interior is a deep rich gold. The lid is unscrewed in an anti - clockwise direction.
All the compartments, hinges / clasps function perfectly. This is a remarkable piece! The third image shows the base with both compartments open & the tiny unused puff. I do not think this was ever used as the gilding is superb & there aren’t any signs of wear to the hallmarks. This solid silver novelty orange compact is hallmarked in multiple places.
A brief history of the maker:
Frank Hyams was from Dunedin in New Zealand. He came to London in 1902 and opened his shop at 128 New Bond Street as Frank Hyams Ltd.This firm was registered as 'Artistic jewellers, gold and silversmiths, and dealers in gems of rarity'. Frank Hyams established a reputation within the English aristocratic and upper class social circles for his unique one-off curiosity pieces incorporating materials and design influences from his New Zealand homeland.
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