A rare antique silver box of hexagonal form with a folding strapwork catch; the hinged lid having a large drop handle supported by ball finials. Of plain form and heavy gauge silver, this unusual box is extremely heavy. The interior pull out tray has two hinged lids enclosing six compartments. Possibly a spice box, although spice boxes of this period usually had a double centrally hinged lid, could also be used for cash or jewellery.
Weight 1268 grams, 40.7 troy ounces.
Height 9.5cm. Top measures 17 x 12cm.
Maker Edward Vincent.
Edward Vincent, apprenticed to Robert Cooper 1699, free 1712. First mark was Britannia standard, 2nd mark, sterling, in circa 1720. Third mark 1739 as largeworker, Fetter Lane. Highly regarded and well known for excellent quality hollow-ware, coffee pots, cups and salvers. His masterpiece was the superb oblong salver of the Middle Temple.