Description and Details
This English solid snuff box was made by Neustadt & Barnett in Birmingham during the Victorian era - 1840. The box presents some unique features from the aesthetic design to the thin thumbpiece - unlike counterpart Victorian snuff boxes.
The exterior is constructed from sterling silver and features an engine turned design on the lid and base. Unlike the typical high relief chased designs on the thumb-piece of snuff boxes, this box features a sleek scroll-like thumb-piece adjacent to the lid. In contrast to the silver appearance of the exterior, the interior is fully gilded and has a glossy mirror-like gold finish although in this case it has been heavily worn.
Upon holding the box, the curvature of the sides extending out towards the base is apparent and the craftsmanship of the precise edge alignments can be seen. The hinge and closure of the lid function well with a smooth closure, however, the lid will open up by itself if the box is turned upside down.
The box is fully hallmarked with the maker's mark "N&B", silver lion, Birmingham anchor, Victoria's head, and the date mark "R" for 1840.
A box with a compact form yet with an array of distinctive features - a subtle yet delightful addition to any box/silver collection, perhaps for personal use of pill/snuff storage on the go and unquestionably a conversation starter.
- Unique Victorian Snuff Box with Curved Aesthetic Design.
- Fully Hallmarked - "N&B", Birmingham Anchor, Victoria's Head, Silver Lion and Date Mark 1840.
- Captivating Engine Turned and Gilt Interior Aesthetic.
- Size (mm) L:58mm W:36mm H:15mm
- Size (inches) L:2.28 W:1.41 H:0.59
- Weight: 56 Grams (1.97 oz)
Antique Condition - Due to the antique nature of this item (over 170 years old) the box has significant cosmetic wear on the exterior and interior of the item. Please refer to the photos for further details on the condition of this item.