This is an early 20th-century (c.1910) Indian colonial sterling silver square ashtray.
Fully hallmarked, stamped 935 (high grade silver), SILVER and a bear mark attributed to J. Manikrai & Sons, Karachi.
Free from monograms or inscriptions.
It comes with a red gift box.
J Manikrai & Sons '...Presumably this firm is the continuation of the silversmith Manik Rai. Manik Rai was a silversmith who fled the Kutch area following the 'Chhapaniyo Dukal', the great famine that struck the Kutch area in 1899-1900, and then settled in Karachi. He was noted as an exhibitor in the Lahore Exhibition of 1909.' Ref and last image credit: www.925-1000.com
HALLMARKS: Karachi, SILVER fineness 935, MAKER J Manikrai & Sons
DIMENSION: 7.6cm x 7.6cm (3" x 3"). Height: 1cm (3/8") approx
CONDITION: Good condition without damage, minor dents.
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