This appears to be a scrimshaw carved case with the person’s name being H.A. BRUCH. Has brass fittings with birds itched on each side. Case opens. Case measured approximately 4” wide, 23/3 deep and 1” thick. On the front along with what appears to be the person’s name along with a few other words is the word Steinseltz.
Belongs to my brother in law who was an antique collector.
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Based on the photographs and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:
A incised and brass mounted scrimshaw veneered card or cigarette case
Probably Continental, dated 1832
Of elongated oval section, the hinged lid inscribed "H.A. Bruch / pastern reform / a Steinseltz / 1832"; with cedar(?) lining and brass ends engraved with birds.
1 inch high, 4 inches wide, 2 3/4 inches deep
PROVENANCE: client's brother is an antiques collector
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