Gale PirieHello, your appraisal request is assigned to me. H.Loewenson is the name of the retailer who originally sold your C. 19th C. box. Many retailers of the time had goods made specifically for them as do many retailers today. You have accurately researched the mark for silver purity which is 750 parts per thousand. Sterling silver is minimum of 925 parts per thousand pure silver and coin silver is generally about 800 parts per thousand, so the silver is of quite a low purity, which will impact on desirability and values. The figural top though enhances desirability, and dog figures in particular always have a good collector following. I am not able to see the hinge or interior, so I will assume the condition of these is good. Serious collectors will always check hinge condition, so if there is damage, this will reduce value significantly. Makers of the time in Germany often didn't mark holloware with their name, but most times a city mark was used. Unfortunately, it appears that the mark ( city or maker) has been worn due to polishing.............or is for some other reason not legible in your photos. I wish I could tell you who made the piece for H. Loewenson, but I just do not have enough information. The value opinions below are for the piece in it's present conditiion. A very good buy for $2!!. * Current Fair Market Value: $250.00 ** Replacement Cost: $600.00 You are bidding on a Pre-1888 German .750 Silver Trinket Box in fair condition. The trinket box is marked Lowenson or Loewenson in German. The box closes fine but the key is damaged and I believe it might have had a key at one time. The hinges work perfectly, there some small dents throughout but nothing majot. There is one corner that also has a small hole or damaged as seen on the pictures. The number 12 inside the shield was used in Germany prior to 1888 and was called the Lot System which divided silver into 16 parts. 16/16 was pure silver and the 12 Lot equaled .750 silver.The box weighs a total of 15.25 ounces or 432.40 grams..It measures 6 inches across and 4 inches in height and 6 1/2 from the bottom to top of Dogs head. It also has a depth of 2 1/2 inches.. I don't know what kind of dog is displayed on top nor the the use of the box.. Open to suggestion...As you can see above, I did have the item appraised.... Please Email me with any questions prior to bidding. I do accept Paypal, . I will ship the item within 3 days of receipt of payment.I will ship USPS priority mail or Parcel Post and also UPS.If for any reason your are not completly satisfied with the item or items, please return for a complete refund. Satisfaction Guaranteed
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