Description and Details
This English solid silver snuff box was made by silversmith John Bettridge in Birmingham during the Georgian era - 1825. Reflecting the renown Birmingham quality silverware, the construction quality and craftsmanship of the snuff-box does not shy away from bold and vibrant features and a high-quality finish to the box.
The exterior is constructed from sterling silver and features an engine turned design on the lid, sides and base. Unlike the typical chased design of Georgian boxes, this box features a sleek thumb-piece adjacent to the lid - almost indistinguishable from the edge of the box, which aids in the opening of the box. The lid In contrast to the silver appearance of the exterior, the interior is fully gilded and has a glossy mirror-like gold finish.
Upon holding the box, one can appreciate its substantial size accompanied by precise geometric dimensions and craftsmanship of the box. The hinge and closure of the lid function flawlessly with a smooth closure in addition to a tight fit of the lid.
The box is fully hallmarked with the maker's mark "IB", silver lion, Birmingham anchor, and the date mark "B" for 1825.
A classic Georgian engine turned design complimented with a considerable size undoubtedly differentiates itself from counterpart Georgian Snuff boxes. An exceptional addition to any box collection for both personal usage or display on an antique interior setting such as a Georgian dining table.
- Substantial Size and Pronounced Georgian Design Snuff Box.
- Fully Hallmarked - "IB", Birmingham Anchor, Silver Lion and Date Mark 1837.
- Captivating Engine Turned and Gilt Interior Aesthetic.
- Size (mm) L:71mm W:38mm H:20mm
- Size (inches) L:2.79 W:1.49 H:0.78
- Weight: 72 Grams (2.53 oz)
Excellent Condition - Please bear in mind this item is over 190 years old shows slight signs of cosmetic wear on the exterior and interior of the item. There are two very minor split-starts on the hinge. Please refer to the photos for further details on the condition of this item.