EARLY VICTORIAN SOLID SILVER SNUFF BOX FRANCIS CLARK BIRMINGHAM 1845
DESCRIPTION AND DETAILS
We are pleased to offer this intricately designed silver snuff box made by silversmith Francis Clark in Birmingham 1845. Francis Clark was considered to be one of the top box makers of the Victorian/Georgian era competing with renowned names such as Nathaniel Mills.
This is a splendid quality rare solid silver Snuff Box which features fully embellished acanthus motifs to both top and bottom of the box and reeded sides with a rose garland thumb piece which have been hand engraved very finely, resulting in an intricate and aesthetically pleasing beautiful design.
The Cartouche in the centre of the lid has been monogrammed with the inscription ML to JD.
The hinge and closure of the lid is functioning perfectly with a smooth and tight closure.
The box has a fully gilt interior that pleasantly contrast the brilliant silver tone on the exterior in addition to providing a layer of protection from the silver reacting with the contents inside the box.
The quality of the craftsmanship is superb, this would have once been given as a present to a very wealthy Early Victorian family member, this was many many years ago when times were so very different, if this snuff box could talk I can just imagine what fascinating stories it could tell, this snuff box is so very tactile and once held it has the most wonderful feel. This will add something very special to any collection.
The box is fully hallmarked with clear markings on both the inside base and lid of the box.
Size (cm) L:4 W:6.5
Weight 66 grams 0.80 (oz)
In absolutely beautiful condition for its age and free from splits and repairs with only the normal amount of surface wear expected, just mentioned for accuracy.
All Antique silver items will show some signs of wear, which only add to the history of the object.
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