scatola antica - antiquariato in argento
John Goldsmith Thropp in Birmingham. Rare and beautiful precious box: Vermeil, agate and pyrite. rectangular box with rounded corners. Gilt frame. hinge set with a truss agate lid in a circle oval pattern pyrite brilliant as a diamond paving. Gilt interior. Punches: - punch for the city of Birmingham. - Punch the lion passant for the money title. - Sovereign head of punch to certify the payment of taxes. - Punch letter-date for 1809 - stamp of the silversmith John Thropp, No. 10 King Edward's Place, Birmingham. - Two French punches swan to import money. Gross Weight: 168 g. BIRMINGHAM - 1809. REIGN OF GEORGE III. Dimensions: length 7.9 cm. Width 6.5 cm. Height 3.3 cm. From the Stone Age, pyrite was considered a "magic" stone and used its heating power to heal. The term is attributed to pyrite Dioscoride in the year 50 it the first mention. Pyrite was noticed Alumni sparks it produces in shock. The term comes from the Greek puritès, sparkling, pure, puros, fire, or flint name. The Greeks also wore an amulet to protect the "rotting blood." The Incas fared polished blades for mirrors that they had in the tombs (pyrite is also called "stone of the Incas"). The Incas and Aztecs used a golden Pyrite to coat the roofs of temples dedicated to solar worship, thus taking the Conquistadors for gold. Also known as fool's gold, it has disillusioned numbers of gold miners: during the gold rush, ignorance and despair of many miners led them to confuse pyrite with gold because of its shine and color; Paradoxically, pyrite contains traces of gold (arsenic and gold are the elements that go into the pyrite structure via a coupled substitution), the precious metal prospected in the sediments including the dissemination of his element chemical out of the mineral pyrite over millions of years.