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STAMP CASE

The silver stamp cases began to be produced toward the end of 19th century using gold, silver and wood. Some of the earliest British stamp boxes date from the 1880s, when the silver stamp case came into regular production. In 1888, James Allen of Birmingham registered a pocket letter scales/stamp holder, which he made in silver and brass. Production of stamp cases offered a wide array of combinations with one, two, three and occasionally four different compartments; one for matches, one for a striker and a third compartment which could be used as a stamp dispenser. Compartments often had a sloping base to aid the extraction of stamps and a few examples were fitted with flat spring dispensers.


Edwardian English silver stamp case


Many stamp boxes were created in the 1890s when the advent of popular travel and the appearance of tourist novelties was beginning to be represented. The most popular shape of novelty box was the envelope style stamp case which were made in enormous quantities, mostly in silver. Furniture was another popular form explored in great depth, as were other domestic articles such as a wheelbarrow and a postbox.
This stamp case has the shape of an envelope and was manufactured in Blrmingham by silversmith AL Ld in 1903.



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