Beautiful tooled in great condition, Birmingham makers mark but London firm
Bought for my husband from a Liverpool, England pawn shop.
This is a vintage 20th century cigarette case with engraved surface with scrolling acanthus decoration and a un-monogrammed center shield. The interior of the case is hallmarked. The lion indicates it is British, the anchor is for being assayed in Birmingham, the letter W in a square with ogee bottom is the date mark for 1921. The silversmith stamp reads as T.H.P & Co or I.H.P. & Co. in a lozenge An extensive search has yielded no match to a maker from Birmingham (nor London) with these initials. The piece was not produced by Padgett & Co, which is not a registered name. Padgeett was either C&WPt for Charles & William Padgett as well as Padgett & Braham Ltd. Neither are a match to mark nor timeframe. It would be unusual for a London firm to have a Birmingham assay mark as well. It is suggested to have this sterling tested at a gold/silver buyer shop as the color of the metal in the photos looks off and it is known that Chinese counterfeits were made with fictitious marks. The estimate is based on the assumption that this is sterling silver and is based on actual recent past recorded auction sales of comparables. Retail 'asking prices' can be higher and vary.