Isn’t this latest one adorable? Not to mention tiny—its dimensions are a mere 1 ¼ inches by 7/8 inches by 5/16 inches, as you can see in the photo below.
The material is silver, and the workmanship is lovely, with elaborate engraved scrollwork on top, sides, and bottom. On the top is a cartouche where the original owner’s initials—MMH—are engraved.
As you can see in the photo above , the object is hinged, and opens to reveal more scrollwork, this time with pierced cut-outs. This piece is also hinged, but on the side, and also lifts up, as shown below. The interior of both the top and bottom are polished and undecorated, apart from the silversmith’s marks. Sorry about the color change--this really is a nice shiny silver as seen in the first photo, but I changed lighting in order to get the focus better.
So what is this cute little thing, commonly carried by 19th century ladies?
If you think you know, post your guess in the comments section. If you know you know, post your answer also…but please, don’t post links to pictures to prove that you know. That tends to bring the guessing to a screeching halt, which isn’t much fun for anyone. All correct guesses will be entered in a drawing to receive an autographed review copy of Betraying Season and, just for fun, a Leland Sister tote bag (perfect for summer beach/pool going!) featuring the yummy covers of both Bewitching Season and Betraying Season.
I’ll accept guesses through next Monday evening and post the answer—and the name of the winner—on Tuesday. Have fun!