Pictured is a mixed-metal cigarette case dating from the 1930s. The decoration is quite unusual in most cases. The container is coated with an overall dark rust- colored with enamel, gold wild flowers and grasses. Most interesting however are applied silver quail. The intricate detail of the birds’ features demonstrates the skill of the artist and his close observation of nature. Japanese quail show rapid and dramatic responses to seasonal changes in day length, and are excellent creatures by which to study the mechanism of this response. This case is in a silver-colored metal. It is designed with rounded sides so as to sit comfortably in the hand, or against the body. There is some surface wear to the foundation due to the previous use and handling. Dimensions: 3-1/2”L x 2-3/4”w x 6/8”d.
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection