Description and Details
This table sized snuff box was made by silversmith August Teodor Werner in Warsaw c.1870. Due to the historical occupation, joint reigns and frequently-changing borders of the Imperial Russian Empire in the 19th century, one of the Russian silver assay offices was located in Warsaw during 1852-1899.
The majority of Teodor Werner's silver works were hallmarked with Russian hallmarks and an extra trademark (not found on standard Russian silver), "anchor in an oval" - a common trait found in Russo-polish silversmiths.
A commonly shared opinion amongst specialist is that Werner was characterised by the high technical level and richness of decorations on his craft despite the rather small factory (40 Workers) in comparison to counterpart micro-factories of the Imperial Russian era.
Evidently, this snuff box is of no exception with an ornate scalloped outer design and a stunning interior vermeil. The hinge and close of the box are flawless and the craftsmanship of the box boasts of a high quality design and feel. The lid and base have an "engine turned" design with a bold crest in the centre.
Overall, an excellent historical piece as well as an intricately designed object of vertu - a great choice for any collectors of Snuffboxes and Imperial Russian History.
- Russo-Polish Silver Table Snuff Box
- Hallmarked "Wernarisa", "84" & Teodor's Trademark Anchor
- Ornate Scallop and Engine Turned Design with Gold Plate Interior
- Size (mm) L:80mm W:43mm H:20mm
- Size (inches) L:3.14 W:1.69 H:0.78
- Weight: 85 Grams (2.99 oz)
Excellent Condition - Please bear in mind this item is antique and shows slight signs of cosmetic wear on the exterior and interior of the item. Please refer to the photos for further details on the condition of this item.