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Sterling Silver Vesta/Cigar Cutter

rosette Sterling Silver Combination Vesta & Cigar Cutter with Hand-Painted Enamel Portrait of Egyptian Goddess, by Horton & Allday, Birmingham, 1915

This is an absolutely stunning rare combination vesta and cigar cutter done in sterling silver in a hammered pebble design.  There is a large vignette on the front with a raised enamel hand-painted portrait of a lovely Egyptian goddess on a bright red background.  It is just gorgeous!  The case is hallmarked Birmiingham, 1915, and was made by Horton & Allday, a silversmith in business from 1885 - 1935. The left side top of the case has a small button which, when released, slides the cutter back out of the way. Then the cigar is inserted into the round hole in the top of the case.  When the button is pushed back in, the cigar is cut and the cut portion is pushed out the other side.  This mechanism was patented and is marked inside the lid "The Unity Patent".  There are also hallmarks inside the lid for Birmingham 1915 as well as additonal hallmarks on the inner rim (see all photos).  There is a striker plate on the very bottom of the case.  The entire piece is in excellent condition.  Measures 1-5/8" wide x 2" high x 5/8" deep counting the raised vignette.

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$499 includes s/h*

#18075

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Sterling Silver Vesta

rosette Sterling Silver Repoussé Vesta (Match Safe) with Figural Jester on Both Sides, F. S. Gilbert, Massachusetts

What a fun little chatelaine vesta this is!  All sterling silver repoussé, this vesta was made by the F. S. Gilbert Co. of North Attleboro, Massachusetts.  The company was in business from 1904 - 1915.  Both sides of the case are identical with a Jester at the top and bottom of each side.  There is a striker section across both sides of the bottom.  The tiny ring on the side is there to attach to a chatelaine so I would date this to the earlier of the date span.  Front of the case is in excellent condition, back side has a tiny ding in the center and edges have some teeny dints (not big enough to be dents lol).  The lid is spring loaded for a tight fit.  This would also be a great container for stamps, small pills, etc. for in your purse.   Measures 1" wide x 2-1/8" high x 3/8" deep counting the raised vignette.

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$250 includes s/h*

#13652

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Sterling Silver Cigarette Case

rosette Sterling Silver Enamel Guilloche Cigarette Case by J Gloster Ltd, Birmingham, 1934

This is a truly beautiful large sterling silver cigarette case in a full enamel guilloche front in snow white surrounded by true blue in contrasting guilloche designs.  The white portion has scalloped concentric rings radiating out from a central point in a rayed effect creating a hologram-like effect.  The border is dont in an intrice pebbled guilloche pattern with deco-inspired ribbons on each of the four sides.  The inside is finished in gold gilt and still has the elastic band to hold the cigarettes in place.  The hallmarks identify the maker as J Gloster Ltd of Birmingham, England.  The date stamp is for 1934.  On the other side of the interior is the name "Esther Pollecoff" in script.  I would dearly love to track down Esther's family and learn some of the history of this piece ... being involved in genealogy with Ancestry.com, I will see what I can uncover :-).  It is in excellent condition with no damage to the enamel other than a few miniscule scuffs only visible when held to light. Measures 3-1/4" x 2-3/4".

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$499 includes s/h*

#11289

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Sterling Silver Cigarette Case

rosette Sterling Silver Cigarette Case with Sapphire Jewel and Enamel Stripes Dated 1926, Germany

This lovely art deco design cigarette case was made in Germany and is marked 900 sterling.  The Case has engine turned stripes on both sides and blue accent enameled stripes on the front.  There is a sapphire jeweled clasp as well.  The inside is finished in gold wash and has an inscription in German on the right inside half which, when transcribed, reads as follows:

"To my beloved Ernst, given with devotion from your Erna. Frankfurt am Main*, September 10, 1926".

*Frankfurt am Main is a city along the river Main in the center of Germany

I think it is sweet that their names were so similar ... Ernst and Erna ♥  There is another inscription on the left side of the interior which is also in German but the translation eludes me here (see photos).  If anyone can help out, feel free to email me.  The case is in excellent condition and is a wonderful collector's item.  Measures 3-1/2" x 3" x 1/2" deep.

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$265 includes s/h*

#17694

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Enamel Guilloche Letter Set

rosette Beautiful Pale Peach Pink Enamel Guilloche Desk/Letter Set Made in Germany in Original Box

This lovely little lady's desk/letter set consists of a tiny mechanical pencil, letter opener, and wax sealer all done in a pretty shade of pale peach pink enamel guilloche.  The metal has a rose tint to it and the only mark on it is "Germany" so I do not know what it is.  It does tarnish and is able to be polished.  The little pencil has lead in it and is in working condition ... there is a tiny ring on the end where you can attach it to a chain or chatelaine.  The letter opener is done in faux ivory (celluloid).  All three pieces are nestled in a velvet bed custom fitted to each item in a box which snaps securely shut for safekeeping.  The outside of the box shows some wear but all of the pieces inside are in excellent condition with the exception of one teeny fleabite on the end of the pencil (see pics).  The wax seal has a design on it which I am not sure what its significance might be.  Please be sure to look at the close-ups to appreciate the beauty of this set. The box measures 4-1/2" x 2-1/2" x 3/4" deep.  The wax seal is 2-1/8" long.  The letter opener is 3-1/4" long.  The pencil is 3" long counting the ring.  Please note that even though this is identical to the set immediately below, the price is higher simply because I paid more for it when I purchased it many years ago.

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$425 includes s/h*

#10595

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Enamel Guilloche Letter Set

rosette Beautiful Teal Blue Enamel Guilloche Desk/Letter Set Made in Germany in Original Box

This lovely little lady's desk/letter set consists of a tiny mechanical pencil, letter opener, and wax sealer all done in a rich shade of teal enamel guilloche.  The metal has a rose tint to it and the only mark on it is "Germany" so I do not know what it is.  It does tarnish and is able to be polished.  The little pencil has lead in it and is in working condition ... there is a tiny ring on the end where you can attach it to a chain or chatelaine.  The letter opener is done in faux ivory (celluloid).  All three pieces are nestled in a velvet bed custom fitted to each item in a box which snaps securely shut for safekeeping.  The outside of the box shows some wear but all of the pieces inside are in mint condition.  Please be sure to look at the close-ups to appreciate the beauty of this set. The box measures 4-1/2" x 2-1/2" x 3/4" deep.  The wax seal is 2-1/8" long.  The letter opener is 3-1/4" long.  The pencil is 3" long counting the ring.

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$325 includes s/h*

#10787

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Enamel Guilloche Cigarette Case

rosette Double Enamel Guilloche Cigarette Case with Roses

This is a very pretty case with double enamel guilloche (both sides) with lovely pink roses on the front.  The top and bottom are curved rather than flat which gives a nice feel in the hand.  Inside the finish is engine turned and there is a clip on one side to hold cigarettes, paper money, calling cards or what have you. No markings that I can find ... this piece is in fantastic condition with no damage to the enamel whatsoever. A real beauty! Measures a hair over 3" wide x 2" high x 1/2" deep. Snaps closed tightly.

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$399 includes s/h*

#13040

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Hebdomas Pocket Watch

rosette Fabulous Hebdomas Sterling Silver & Enamel Hunters Case Pocket Watch

I have had this gorgeous pocket watch in my collection for many years and I can tell you I do not know anything about the working mechanism of pocket watches, I just love the look of this one.  To be honest, I don't even know how to wind it or set it.  The watch is all original and is in beautiful condition but I cannot say whether or not it runs as I don't know how to check this.  Please see all pictures and if you wish me to take more, I will be happy to do so or answer any questions from anyone who knows what to ask me :-)    It is marked Hebdomas and 8 Jours which means 8 Days with a blue 'telephone dial' design.  Measures 2" diameter not counting stem.

Note:  I have located some information online about the company ... you can read it here and here.

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$995 includes s/h*

#13106

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Lenox Tiny Alarm Clock

rosette Miniature Mother-of-Pearl Lenox Fleur de Lys de Paris Boudoir Clock in Cathedral Presentation Case

This is a gorgeous miniature mother-of-pearl boudoir clock by Lenox that is marked "Fleur de Lys de Paris" that I have treasured for years in my own collection.  The little clock nestles in a velvety lined cathedral double-door presentation case with brass latch.  The clock itself has mother-of-pearl trim around the face and on the base.  It is topped with a fleur de lis design on the top in keeping with the name.  The back of the case is richly engraved in a beautiful design remiscent of the early pocket watches.  The clock movement is Swiss and is running at this time.  When it is running, a little tiny pendulum can be seen swinging back and forth in the heart-shaped window at the bottom of the clock face ... just so sweet!  Clock measures 2-1/2" high x 1-1/2" wide.  Case is 2-3/4" high x 1-7/8" wide.  The only apology is a stain on the back top of the case, other than that everything is perfect!

Disclaimer:  This clock is guaranteed working at time of purchase; however, warranties have long since expired so no guarantees beyond that time are offered ;-)

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$425 includes s/h*

#11747

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Blue Enamel Guilloche Boudoir Clock

rosette Lovely Blue Enamel Guilloche Boudoir Clock with Hand-painted Roses

This is an adorable little boudoir clock from my private collection. Beautiful deep sapphire blue enamel guilloche surround with hand-painted pink roses.  The base metal around the face is a copper color and is ornately embossed and beaded with arched feet. The face of the clock is engine-turned brass with black Arabic numerals.  I am not sure of the maker as I am not sure how to remove the back to see the works.  The clock is running fine at this time and the enameling is all perfect. Measures 2-3/4" wide x 3-1/4" high.

Disclaimer:  This clock is guaranteed working at time of purchase; however, warranties have long since expired so no guarantees beyond that time are offered ;-)

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$599 includes s/h*

#12401

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Figural Opera Glasses

Figural Opera Glasses

rosette Stunning Figural Couple Pastoral Scene Opera Glasses with Removable Telescoping Handle

Gorgeous antique enameled opera with hand-painted young man and lady in a pastoral setting with lake scene which continues around to a garden statue on the back. Beautiful pastel colors on a powder blue background ... sooooo pretty! The detachable telescoping handle has the same lady approaching the lake and a house can be seen on the other side. The sights are done in mother-of-pearl and the base metal on the case is a silvertone. There is no manufacturer mark that I can find but it definitely appears French in origin. The telescoping handle can be used retracted or any length up to its full 9-1/4" extension. It is designed so that you can position it anywhere along its length and it will hold firmly.

These opera glasses are in very good condition with some minor wear to the surface of the figures (visible in close-ups). There is some slight bending in the lens surrounds (again visible in pictures). The lens are in excellent condition and the opera glasses are fully functional as well as being a beautiful display piece. Opera glasses measure 3-3/4" x 1-1/4" x 2-1/8" high (2-3/4" high when glasses are extended). Handle measures 5-1/2" long when detached and 9" long when extended.

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$699 includes s/h*

#14536

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Figural Opera Glasses

rosette Figural Cherubs Opera Glasses by Reballio & Zoon, Rotterdam, Holland

Gorgeous antique enameled opera glasses made in Rotterdam circa 1890 by REBALLIO & ZOON embellished with hand-painted cherubs on the front side in raised relief surrounded by flowers. On the back are sheet music with a mandolin on one side and some type of bag instrument on the other. All of these are done on a rich cobalt background that was hard to photograph as it reflected the light back so detail was difficult to capture. Just remember that any light areas on the pictures are not scratches but reflections as the enameling is all in perfect condition! The sights are done in mother-of-pearl and the base metal on the case is a silvertone (not sure exactly what). Signed "REBALLIO & ZOON" on one sight and "ROTTERDAM" on the other.

The lens are in excellent condition and the opera glasses are fully functional as well as being a beautiful display piece. The only apology is the metal around the sights is slightly bent and some of the blacking is scuffed but this does not deter from use or beauty at all! Opera glasses measure 3-7/8" x 1-1/2" x 2-5/8" high (3-3/8" high when glasses are extended).

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$799 includes s/h*

#13177

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Sterling Silver Calling Card Case

rosette Sterling Silver Enamel Guilloche Calling Card Case with Portrait

This lovely calling card case has been in my private collection for several years and has always been a favorite. The provenance that came with this piece stated: 

'From a prominent Fort Wayne, Indiana, collector, this high quality calling card case dates from the late 1800's to very early 1900's. It features blue guilloche decoration front and back with the cover featuring a miniature portrait of a woman with no clothing evident, coyly running her hand through her long curly hair.  The portrait and sides of the case feature champleve enamel treatment in white. Inside the case there is worn gold vermeil wash and old Austro-Hungarian hallmarks for 960/1000 pure silver (purer than sterling). It also bears a number 1067 and another hallmark which cannot be made out.'

There is pocket wear to the surface of the enamel, scattered very minor losses in the tiny champleve squares, and some flaking on the perimeter of the portrait in the blue (see close-up). Overall at a glance it appears perfect. Case does not snap tightly but will remain closed. Measures approximately 3-1/4" x 2-5/8" x 3/8" overall. 

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$595 includes s/h*

#13945

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Sterling Silver Cigarette Case

rosette Sterling Silver Enamel Guilloche Cigarette Case with Champleve Border

Here is have just a stunning piece ... almost a full enamel guilloche front and back with a small champleve border in mosaic tile design. The front has a center vignette of flowers surrounded in pale butter yellow while the back is the same minus the floral center. The edges of the case are ornately embossed. Inside we have two clips that would hold cigarettes. It is marked Sterling on the edge of the case and other hallmarks which I cannot make out (see close-up). Entire case is in fantastic condition with only minor superficial scuffs visible on the back only when held to light.  No enamel loss or damage that I can see at all. It is about as close to perfect as you can get!  Measures approximately 3" x 2" x a bit over 1/2" deep. 

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$550 includes s/h*

#12606

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Ovide Enamel Guilloche Boudoir Clock

rosette Lovely Blue Enamel Guilloche Boudoir Clock by Ovida Watch Co. with Swiss Works

Here is another adorable little boudoir clock from my private collection.  This one is a lovely shade of blue -- almost turquoise -- with tiny gold flowers and leaves.  The clock face is ornately engine-turned and the back of the case is beautifully engraved.  And the best thing about it?  It still works!!!  Of course, this is not surprising as the Swiss works were made by the Ovida Watch Co.  It is quite small measuring only 2-1/4" high x 1-1/2' wide x 1-3/8" deep at the base.  Please look at the many pictures for condition ... enameling is not perfect but because of the small size, it is very difficult to see ... priced accordingly!

Disclaimer:  This clock is guaranteed working at time of purchase; however, warranties have long since expired so no guarantees beyond that time are offered ;-)

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$299 includes s/h*

#12278

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Sterling Silver and Enamel Guilloche Inkwell

rosette Sterling Silver Inkwell with Blue Enamel Guilloche Top by Marson & Jones, 1929

This is a very pretty sterling silver inkwell with a blue enamel guilloche top.  The hallmarks on the edge date it to 1929 and manufactured by Marson & Jones, Birmingham, England.  The enameling is in fairly good shape with a thin strip of wear right at the left side (barely visible).  The silver base has a beaded border encircling it midway down.  It is also in good shape with a few very minor dings in the silver, all in all typical age appropriate wear for a piece this old that was intended to be used.  Measures 2-1/8" diameter x 1-1/2" high.

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$399 includes s/h*

#14532

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Purple Floral Enamel Guilloche Opera Glasses

rosette French Purple Floral Enamel Guilloche Opera Glasses with Original Carrying Case

This rare pair of opera glasses was made in France around turn of the last century and are marked "Deroy Fabt Paris" on the top. They have mother-of-pearl eyepieces on brass metal with beautiful purple guilloche enameling with hand-painted flowers. There is a one very small chip on the bottom edge that is very difficult to see as it is in the dark area (see close-up in pics). Also, one of the eye lens has a crack in it ... it shows in the picture, but you cannot see it when looking into the glasses. All in all, this is a beautiful piece to either use or display in a case. Comes with original carrying case which measures approximately 4-1/2" x 2" x 2-3/4" high not including handle.

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$499 includes s/h*

#10330

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Kelva Porcelain Humidor

rosette Kelva Art Glass Cigar Humidor

Rare art glass humidor by Kelva ... hand-painted in a craquelle effect mauve/pink with flowers and gold "Cigars" scripted on the front. The original lid was broken off and this lid had been added. It suits the piece just fine and fits well. Beautiful gold ormulo mount ... excellent condition. Bowl measures 4-1/2" high x 7" diameter at widest part, 4-1/2" diameter at rim. Lid adds another 2" to height.

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$375 includes s/h*

#10652

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Enameled Etui

rosette Rich Cobalt Enameled Etui with Hand-Painted Rose - Still has Contents!

This is a wonderful little cobalt enameled etui (sewing kit) from the 1800's ... probably was silver on copper but most of the silver is worn away. Rich deep cobalt enameling on both front and back of case ... front has a hand-painted white rose while back is solid blue. Top is a matching cobalt enamel guilloche thimble which screws off to open the piece. Top of thimble has a glass needle pusher. There is damage on the thimble on both sides where it was gripped to unscrew it from the base; however, the front and back sides are fine. Interior has little attached pin cushion and original tiny brass thread holder. Lined in pink fabric. This is a great piece which has a lot of charm as well as functionality! Measures 3" long x 1" wide.

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$225 includes s/h*

#11888

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Sterling Silver Enamel Guilloche Cigarette Holder

rosette Sterling Silver, Enamel Guilloche & Genuine Ivory Lady's Cigarette Holder in Original Case

How decadent can you get? This is definitely for the lady who has everything! This beautiful roaring 20's cigarette holder has a snowy white enamel guilloche tip with red and blue dots scattered all over (patriotic?) and tipped at both ends with a band of sterling silver. The stem is solid, genuine ivory (says "Real Ivory" on the side of the case). The furry lined case is original and is in excellent condition. This piece has no stains and no signs that it has ever been used. Just a wonderful piece of Americana! Measures 4-1/4" long.

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$225 includes s/h*

#9277

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Matching Cigarette Holder and Ashtry Set

rosette Sterling Silver Enamel Guilloche Cigarette Holder and Matching Ashtray Set with Hand-Painted Roses

So vampy! This lovely mint green enamel guilloche cigarette holder is decorated with hand-painted roses and comes with its own matching ashtray! The base metal of the ashtray and the trim on the holder are sterling silver (marked on base of ashtray). The stem portion of the cigarette holder is either bone or ivory. Just a wonderful set and in perfect condition!

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$399 Set includes s/h*

#8926

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Enamel Guilloche Stamp Holder

rosette Pink Enamel Guilloche Stamp - or Patch - Holder with Hand-Painted Roses

This is such a pretty piece and one I have never seen another like! It is a pink enamel guilloche stamp holder with hand-painted roses adorning the front. There is a bail at the top to attach it to a chatelaine or wear on a necklace as a pendant. Along one side is a little lever that when pushed forward, a trays slides out to hold stamps. Actually, I guess it is possible that this could have held beauty patches as well ...

Previously listed for $499 ... now offered below my cost! (Click on pic for more photos.)

$250 includes s/h*

#7950

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Sterling Silver Enamel Guilloche Cigarette Holder

rosette Enamel Guilloche Cigarette Holder

Pretty lady's sterling silver enamel guilloche cigarette holder ... hallmarked 935 and letters that I can't make out on rim. Enameling on tip is in mint condition with hand-painted flowers encircling the tip. Holder itself is either bone or ivory. Measures almost 4" long overall.

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$195 includes s/h*

#11266

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Enamel Guilloche Button Hook

rosette Miniature Chatelaine Folding Blue Enamel Guilloche Button Hook

Here is a very cute little miniature folding button hook finished in polka dot blue enamel guilloche (the hook folds into the enameled case making it very small indeed!). There is a tiny ring on the end where this could be attached to a chatelaine or worn around the neck as a pendant ... it's that pretty!

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$95 includes s/h*

#9112

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Sterling Silver Lavender Enamel Guilloche Stamp Holder

rosette Sterling Silver Lavender Enamel Guilloche Stamp Holder - Dated 1939

Pretty little lavender enamel guilloche sterling silver stamp holder.  Just big enough to hold a roll of stamps!  Engraved with initials "A.J.W." and the date 7-18-39.  Excellent condition with just a few extremely tiny fleabites on top rim.

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$199 includes s/h*

#11170

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