Antique Chinese Export Silver Christening mug or small tankard in it's original English shagreen leather fitted case.
Made circa 1850 by Custing, Canton, send-third quarter of the 19th century.
Measurements: height of the case is a little over 4 inches.
The mug/tankard is almost 3/4inches tall.
Weighs 83 grams.
Small tapered silver tankard or Christening mug, as it is referred to in the book on Chinese Export Silver - the Chan Collection.
Classic shape, if a little more elongated and elegant than most.
Naturalistically formed handle in the shape of a gnarled branch.
The body of the tankard is engraved and chased with a variety of Chinese figures in a variety of pursuits, amidst flowers, foliage and natural rocky outcrops.
Very profuse and finely done.
The English shagreen leather case is superb: quite fitted including part tohold the handle.
Shagreen slightly faded to a lighter shade of brown, but gilded and black borders are still amazingly clear.
The box is shaped like the tankard and has a hinge to swing the sides open/closed and a thumb bit to help open the box.
Purple silk in one half of the box is embossed with gold letters: Stephen Smith & Son over a pair of wings around 35 and beneath that King ? Covent Gardens.
The other half of the inside is lined with marvellous, matching purple velvet.
Hallmarked with CUT for Custing, who is listed as having worked in Canton 2nd-3rd quarter of the 19th century.
Very good condition.
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