Antique Georgian Silver & Polished Natural Mussel Shell Snuff Box c1820 (Code 2447)
A very nice example of an early 19th century late Georgian snuff box. It is made from a polished mussel shell half and fitted with a heavy gauge silver mount. The larger part of the base plate hinges open to reveal the interior space. The silver and shell are joined with plaster of Paris which is usual for this period. The mount has a toothed form which is practical as it is easier for the silversmith to fit on the irregular form as well as decorative, There are no makers marks which is usual for such pieces, perhaps as they were most commonly made by smallworkers rather than registered silversmiths. Examples such as this are also often ascribed as Scottish.
The quality of the silver mount is particularly good on this example, especially considering it is not hallmarked. It does test as Sterling grade silver. The hinge and closure are also very good. A lovely example.
Two white patches to the shell tip, perhaps natural or by wear of the outer layer from use or polishing during manufacture. Hinge and closure are excellent. Minor period wear.
Length: 7 cm ( 2 3/4 inch )
Width: 3.7 cm ( 1 1/2 inch )
Weight: 40 grams (before packing)
Stock Code: 2447 JN21-5
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