Group of two small silver engraved boxes. One Russian niello box with a village set in an ornate scrollwork cartouche along the top and underside; tested 80% silver. Marked along the interior. The other box with profuse floral and foliate motifs along with scrollwork; tested 90% coin silver. Marked along the lip of the box.
Provenance: Property from the distinguished collection of Mr. James Lee Soffer, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Niello box; height: 3/4 in x width: 2 1/2 in x depth: 1 1/2 in. Silver box; height: 1/2 in x width: 3 in x depth: 2 in. Gross weight: 128.8 g.
Light wear throughout. No major dents that would alter the overall appearance of each item; very minute dents along the edges. No visible cracks or losses. No visible sign of restoration under UV light. The cases open and close smoothly. Along the interior of each case, there are a few scattered areas that old polish has collected; light oxidation along the interior.
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