Vintage Swedish WA Bolin solid silver samorodok cannister box 1950s

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A vintage solid silver samorodok cannister or box - an extremely rare case of a cylindrical form with a pull off lid and gilt interior using a very rare and unusual technique for its means of decoration - the nugget like texture, often compared with elephant skin, is obtained by heating the metal just short of melting point and then rapidly cooling the item by immersing it in cold water - it is a technique that requires a lot of skill and is often seen used by top Russian makers of boxes and cases in the late 19th century - marked to the base WA Bolin for WA Bolin jewellers to the Royal Court of Sweden and Swedish hallmarks for Stockholm and 1958 - total weight 261grms - dimensions diameter 77mm height 92mm - Sweden 1958 

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