This is a very unusual find, and it is with the greatest pleasure and excitement we offer you here, a magnificent Antique Solid Silver & Enamel Smoking Companion in quite excellent condition. It comprised three cups in various size and shape attached on a rectangular tray. The central cup has a rectangular match box holder clip on its back. The tray is standing on six clad feet, having a large handle on the middle. It is wholly made of solid silver (not silver-plated), including the stand and handle, with elegant blue enamel accents.
Magnificent array of chased decorations are applied on the surface of this fabulous piece, along with sophisticated deep cobalt-blue enamel accent finish - however the main attraction of this piece is large monogram PBX and emblem of Sarakarta on all the cups, handle and match box holder clip, which most probably belong to Indonesia's Pakubuwono X (1866-1939), often referred as PB X, the 9th Susuhuan, monarch of Surakarta Sunanate, in Island of Java. He was well known for his patronage to many local economic and cultural projects, including designing precious objects such as this. He was awarded posthumously the title of National Hero of Indonesia in 2009.
It hallmarked French Swan importation control marks on almost every parts. The mark is used since 1893 for solid silver items of unknown origin, sold at public auction in France. We could not find any other hallmarks.
Measurements & Condition
Height 20 cm (7.9 inch) x Width 32 cm (12.6 inch) x Large 13 cm (5 inch)
Weight 1767 grams (62.3 oz)
Very Good to Excellent Estate Condition. Some age-related normal sign of use, light scratch marks and tiny losses of enamel. A tiny bent on the base of a cup (right one from front). Otherwise in excellent shape. The cups and the handle are removable with wing nut.
(Item Reference No.00002-J169)
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Antique Javanese Indonesian Solid Silver Enamel Cloisonné Smoking Companion PBX
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