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    Sale 2004

    Important English, Continental and American Silver

    22 May 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 8

    A FINE GERMAN VARI-COLOR GOLD, ENAMEL AND GEM-SET SNUFFBOX

    HANAU, CIRCA 1840

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A FINE GERMAN VARI-COLOR GOLD, ENAMEL AND GEM-SET SNUFFBOX
    HANAU, CIRCA 1840
    Rectangular, the cover set with a diamond-set steam locomotive flanked by two European-cut diamonds and with diamond-set crossed spike-hammers in the corners, against a matte ground with arabesques, the outer leaf-chased border with blue, red and green enamel, the sides and base with engine-turned panels within foliate borders, marked inside base and on cover bezel
    3½ in. (8.9 cm.) long


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    The present snuffbox undoubtedly commemorates the opening of one of the European railroads, which were established in rapid succession on the Continent after 1828. In that year, Austria and France built their first lines, and Belgium, Germany, Russia, Italy and the Netherlands followed in the 1830s.

    Provenance

    Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sinatra,
    Sold Christie's New York, 1 December 1995, lot 25


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED COLLECTION