Long ago and seemingly far away I received a lesson from a good friend about Unger Brothers sterling items. Unger Brothers was founded in the 1870's and specialized in the manufacture of Art Nouveau sterling items. They produced some of the highest quality sterling that could be purchased during this time period. Unger is to this day highly sought after. Unger produced a wide variety of sterling items ranging from flatware to jewelry.
This piece is a match safe. Weighing in at less than 1 ounce the scrap value on it would be under $20.00 based on today's closing silver prices. But scrapping an item like this would be absolute foolishness. This match safe would easily sell for over $500.00! Never assume that scrap is going to be the highest value. Keep an eye out for the Unger marks. It is a U and B superimposed over each other with the wording .925 fine sterling following (or surrounding) it. This is definitely a pay attention and CASH IT item.