Please visit our other websites: Ganoksin Jewelry Making Resource | Orchid Jewelry Making Forums | International Gem Society | IGS Gemstone and Gemology Forums

Silver Collector Forums

Unidentified marks on Trinket Box


#1

Hi All,

I recently bought a cylindrical trinket box at auction. The bill of sale describes the item as a Chase box, but it wasn’t represented as such at the time of sale, and I doubt that it is Chase & Co.

There are 2 marks on the bottom, but after days of searching the internet, I have come up empty handed. The most prominent mark is “(AL)” stamped using a serif font. There is also a small rectangle with a symbol that I can’t quite make out.

The box itself is decorated with an embossed motif of leaves and flowers in the centre panel, the top and bottom portions with a triangle pattern. I think it dates to the early 1900s (pre WWI), mostly because it has an art nouveau-y feel to it. My best guess is that it might be a Native American piece, but that is a total shot in the dark.

http://i.imgur.com/xQTjzqx.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/h4BMOm8.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/fb1qKVA.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/pj7T3lV.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/zXCy8sD.jpg