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    Sale 7731

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    2 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 167

    A NAPOLEON III SILVER-GILT AND HARDSTONE PAPER KNIFE

    PARIS, CIRCA 1860, WITH THE PARISIAN POST-1838 RESTRICTED WARRANTY MARK FOR SILVER

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A NAPOLEON III SILVER-GILT AND HARDSTONE PAPER KNIFE
    PARIS, CIRCA 1860, WITH THE PARISIAN POST-1838 RESTRICTED WARRANTY MARK FOR SILVER
    Tapering handle inlaid with panels of bloodstone, garnets and blue gemstones, chased with scrolls and foliage, centred on one side with an oval lilac gem, the other with blank shield-shaped cartouche, the blade elaborately engraved, on one side with scrolls, stars and a radiating sunburst centred with the face of Apollo, the other with Celtic strapwork and blank shield-shaped cartouche
    9½ in. (240 mm.) long


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    The reflectivity reading for the blue and lilac gemstones was closest to that of Topaz.

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