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Ivory whist marker box




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I must admit to having a weakness for ivory whist boxes! So when I come across a style which I have not seen before, I cannot resist. This super little ivory box I found at an antique fair. Very well carved ivory with scrolling leaves to the lid and sides, it measures 1 1/2 inches diameter and is 1/2 inch high. The center is well carved with the monogram SB and the screw-top lid opens to reveal four matching mother-of-pearl gaming counters. These have well-drawn scenes of a rather unusual nature and date to around 1810 to jusge by their drilled border. This weakness of mine is a boon to the dealer selling as I cannot leave without the box even when the price is far too high!

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