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Crocodile dispatch box, inkwell and cigar box

(Top) Asprey & Co. a time warp piece in the form of a large Victorian crocodile hide dispatch box or case, the top of the box with a recessed brass military style handle and embossed Ducal monogram with crown, the Chubb patented lock with original key present. The interior also lined with crocodile, the lid with a grid of crocodile bandings for small notes and memoranda and stamped ASPREY LONDON. The piece in such pristine condition due to it being cased in its hard leather protective cover, and rarely – if ever – used. Size: 18 x 12 x 7 inches (46 x 30 x 18 cm). English, circa 1880.

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A very heavy cast bronze inkwell in the realistic form of a crocodile, in the manner of Franz Bergman, most likely cast by Argentor of Vienna, the entire top section of the finely modelled animal lifting to reveal a double inkwell, and recesses for stamps, the wells with beaded detailing and original glass liners. Austrian, circa 1920. Length overall: 16 inches (41 cm).

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An extremely stylish Art Deco silver and crocodile cigar box, with a silver ‘buckle’ decoration running horizontally across the top, and a hammered martelé finish to the sides. Marked AXEL LARSON on the decorative silver thumbpiece. Length: 9 inches (23 cm).

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Reference: 5910, 5177, 6232

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