A nap hand for Victorian jewellery

PUBLISHED: 14:57 26 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:57 26 January 2018

A Victorian silver case

A Victorian silver case


Keys of Aylsham auction preview

Tuesday February 6 sees Keys’ first Jewellery, Silver and Watches Sale of the year, the first to take place in the newly-refurbished Saleroom 3 at its Aylsham site. This is now the permanent home for our Antiques & Interiors and Jewellery sales.

Among many very attractive lots is this Victorian hallmarked silver and enamelled vesta case, with a cover decorated with a hand holding five cards in the suit of over the initials N.A.P - a pun on having a trick-taking ‘nap hand’ in the popular late-Victorian card game of the same name. The gilt-lined interior includes a striker at the right hand end. The case was made in Birmingham in 1888, and has a pre-sale estimate of £80-£100.

You can find details of every lot in both forthcoming and past sales on the Keys website at

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