Antique Silver Table Snuff Box


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Object Description

A magnificent antique sterling silver box with doubled compartment and hinged lid. Excellent size and weight. Original gilt interior. Crisp cast borders and engine turned decoration to the sides and base. The top bears a regimental inscription. Weight 542 grams, 17.4 troy ounces. Height 4cm. Top 12 x 8.5cm. London 1822. Maker John Reily.

Biography – John Reily, no record of apprenticeship or freedom. 1sr mark as Riley, in partnership with Mary Hyde as smallworkers 1799. Subsequently he married Mary and his 2nd mark 1801 as smallworker appears alone. 3rd mark 1802. 4th mark (2 sizes) 1805. 5th mark 1823. Buried 15 May 1826. His widow’s and son’s joint mark entered 31 May 1826.

Object History

Signed – “To the Officers of the 65th from Lt Colonel Warren C.H”

Object Literature

Grinding tobacco leaves in order to inhale the powder dates from the mid 17th century in Europe however the first snuff boxes don’t seem to have appeared until the reign of William III circa 1695.

Object Condition

This impressive antique silver box is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. The cast border and engraved decoration is crisp. The hinge is good and the box closes tightly. The interior retains the original gilding. Stamped on both pieces with a full set of clear and matching English silver hallmarks.
Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

Object Details

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)207 288 1939
+44 (0)7904 297419

Dealer Location

Vault 31-32
The London Silver Vaults
53-64 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1QS

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