New Silver Needle CasesBy Mark Chervenka
New Silver Needle Cases
At one time, Victorian looking Sterling Silver Needle Cases were added to the catalog of an American-based jewelry wholesaler (examples above at about actual size). Look for polishing scratches along edge seams; the scratches were visible in our samples without using a loupe or magnifying glass. Also look for sloppy work in applying the `Sterling' or `.925' stamp; our samples were struck as many as 3-4 times before a legible mark was made. Also look for awkwardly fitting tops that fall off or need to be forced onto the case. Note that the case at the top has a flat silver tag at the arrow. This tag is marked sterling; no markings on the case.