This pleasing small round, lidded, barrel-shaped box is made of hand beaten silver sheet that has been entirely covered with applied silver filigree work. The domed lid is similarly decorated but with the addition of silver lozenge-shaped plaques and silver spangles. It is also surmounted by a filigree finial that rises from a filigree rosette. A combination of single wires and plaited or twisted wires are used for the filigree.
The silver content is very high – probably higher than sterling.
The precise origins of some silver filigree work can be notoriously difficult to pin down but the combination of solid silver sheet overlaid with filigree rather than the item being made filigree alone, plus the form of filigree and use of filigree spangles point to a likely Ottoman provenance.
The box is in perfect condition and has a fine patina commensurate with age. There are no assay or other marks.
Piotrovsky, M. et al, Silver: Wonders from the East – Filigree of the Tsars, Lund Humphries/Hermitage Amsterdam, 2006.