Pressed sterling silver
Highly detailed items such as frames, scent bottle tops,small bon bon dishes etc are made by having a plain sheet of silver, which is then pressed into a mold or former to create the item.
Things like this frame were then have finished by hand chasing detail onto the metal giving this deep, 3 dimensional effect, and allowing highly complex and detailed designs.
As with all things the good quality items stood the test of time and polishing whereas a less heavy gauge item may well show small pin prick type holes on high points or in the case of say candlesticks on the corners, steps detail etc.
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