An exquisite pair of sterling silver ashtrays with Brazil 1000 reis (silver) coins. Mid 20th century.
Delicate openwork design, resting on ornate feet and inset with solid silver 1859 and 1863 Brazilian coins. Title and silversmith marks.
Condition: Fine. Uncleaned.
Dimensions: 5cm x 2cm approx.
Provenance: Ex. Barbara Dawkins collection, Mayfair, London, UK. Barbara was companion to one of the Schroder family, who settled in London and founded the investment bank Schroders. She travelled all over the world during the 1950's and 1960's, often on the great liners like the Queen Mary 1 and Queen Elizabeth 1. She purchased antiques and curios during her travels which have passed by descent, in this case to her niece.
A reform between 1848 and 1854 reduced the silver and gold content of the coinage, with new silver coins for 200, 500, 1,000 and 2,000 reis, and gold 5,000, 10,000 and 20,000 reis. Bronze 10 and 20 reis were introduced in 1868, followed by cupro-nickel 100 and 200 reis in 1871, bronze 40 reis in 1873 and cupro-nickel 50 reis in 1886. The 10 reis was discontinued in 1870.
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