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Geneva, Apr 07, 2021

LOT 340

Message holder box; silver

CHF 500 - 1,000

EUR 500 - 950 / USD 550 - 1,100 / HKD 4,200 - 8,400


Sold: CHF 237

Silver cylindrical two-body message holder box with embossed bamboo motif.

Case engraved “Jacques Tschudi Esp. / Messrs. Diethelm & Co. Ltd. / Penang” and probably in Malaysian “Ban Gim Kongsi (The Drapper’s Guild) / Sin Hup Hin Sin Hogk Guan, Soon Bee /Heng Moh Hong Kee. Seang Bee. Heap Hin. / Guan Hup Hin. Sin Hoe Huat, Teong Guan / Ban Thang Hin.”.

Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 2

Very good

Brand Unsigned, probably Malaysia

Year early-20th century

Material silver

Diameter 56 mm.

Length 382 mm. (approx.)


In the late 1860s, two young Swiss pioneers, Wilhelm Heinrich Diethelm and Edward Anton Keller, ventured to the Far East. Diethelm settled in Singapore, while Keller chose the Philippines as his new home. They found employment and soon set up their own businesses trading to and from Europe. Over time, the descendants of the founding families substantially expanded the trading business into marketing, logistics and related services, while also diversifying into industrial and travel activities.


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