The ink well has a cover with a folding handle and is engraved with foliage on a matted ground, the sides plain, marked MK
See von Ferscht, Adrien Chinese Export Silver 1785-1940: Catalogue of Makers' Marks, 4th edition, Glasgow 2015, p.486ff, for the maker's marks and illustrations of comparable foliate engraving on other small boxes. This unidentified retail silversmith worked in Canton from circa 1860 to about 1910.
Provenance: From the collection of Dr Stephen Adler
Please fill in the information below