Check out my other items. Be sure to add me to your favorites list. We offer varied , uncommon and authentic Vintage & Antique Collectibles. Our inventory includes all most all branches- subject of Art & Antiques , Collectibles, Part of history for Collection, Repurpose & Repair & restoration.UP ON OFFER; the item on sales. This is probably product of Indian Origin. There are no marks , silver is not tested for its purity. It is about 100 years old under its ageing condition. Whiskers kind of wire line on the face or at the head.
This opens to reveal a compartment- there is inside black KAJAL -eye makeup black paste in side the compartment. This suggest this box may have been used as MAKEUP box.
It has number of articulated sections allowing the body to move from side to side and the tail up and down. Last 2-3 sections are lost.
Tight grip & subject to mild imbalance & damage. Its joint hinge is missing & it is lately repaired by joining through wire.
The articulated part is the flexible fish tail body. The box part is the secret container in the head. POPULARLY described as a snuff box, a spice box or a pill box. Size - 11.0 cm x 3.0 cm x 1.5 cm.
Weight - 28 grams (unpacked). Ageing tear / wear & impurities. All as per detail description & uploaded photo;s. Articulated fish serve a variety of purposes across different cultures and appear to have been made in In Eastern Europe as well as in India.
In India, containers shaped as much smaller articulated silver fish served as vermillion powder. Such powder was used for personal adornment and to decorate the household gods. There are example of Tilaka or Pundraka symbol on forehead of articulated fish, indicates. Part and belief of religious culture of Indian Community. The item "ANTIQUE ARTICULATED VICTORIAN FISH BOX SNUFF HOLDER sterling silver" is in sale since Friday, April 5, 2019.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (. The seller is "rare_arts" and is located in AHMEDABAD, GUJARAT. This item can be shipped worldwide.