|Title:||Silver Pill Box|
|Description:||A decorative silver pill box, 'horses & farm wagon' scene with 'vine & leaf' border, gold wash interior, marked 'No. 84' (?), 3 3/4" x 2 1/2" x 1".|
|Condition:||No noticeable scratches|
|Origin:||Found in renovation debris|
|Appraised By:||Jeffrey Motsinger|
|History Of The Item:||Unmarked, maker unknown. Medicine in pill form became available in the 19th century and so silversmiths began producing pill boxes to meet the need. The interior has a gold wash on it to protect the silver from anything caustic in the pills.|
|Appraiser Tips:||A little spray wax on the surface will help protect it against soot and acids in the atmosphere.|
|Research Sources:||dealer asking prices, realized sales databases|
|Appraiser Comments:||Decorative Victorian pill boxes are collectible but not rare and are valued on their visual appearance and weight. The example in the photos is very attractive and well executed. Depending on its weight, it would be priced at $100 to $150 at an antique shop.
It doesn't seem to be marked as to its silver content so we know it isn't sterling. Most likely, it is of French manufacture and dates to around 1890.
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