An unusual vintage, possibly antique, continental silver (see below) book shaped tinder box lighter striker with nielo design front and back and an integral loop to the top.
There is a removable striker wand to the top which would at one time have held a wick. On one side of the main body there is a slot or recess which, again at one time, would have held a striking stone, possibly agate, but now holds what looks like a piece of card.
It is believed that this was used as a cigar or cheroot lighter.
The base of the lighter is marked STERLING and a word within a the circumference of a circle which we are unsure about (possibly Sarast and some other letting around the initials DK). The silver standard numbers here, which to us look like 835, indicate that the lighter was possibly manufactured or assayed in Austria, Germany or Belgium.
The lighter has been cleaned but might benefit from further, more expert, cleaning. There is some degree of wear to the nielo design on the front and back and to the right hand side of the lighter (with the wand to the left) is what looks like a split in the silver nielo design but which does not appear to go right through the silver and appears to be surface damage only. This has proved a little difficult to show in the photographs because of the surface patterning, but it measures approximately 0.75in long. There is a similar but shorter loss in the nielo design on the opposing side.
The lighter measures just over 1.75in by about 1in and is about 0.25in deep. Weighs just under 20g. Exact age unknown but possibly dates from the 1920s or 1930s or earlier.
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