Description and Details
This English solid silver table snuff box was made by silversmith Frederick Marson in Birmingham during the Victorian era - 1850. In addition to a bold and large size, the aesthetic design features a classic Victorian hand engraved acanthus leave scroll design on both the lid and base of the box.
The cartouche of the lid is marked with "Presented to Mr John Thorpe by a few friends, Dundee 30th April 1897". The curvature of each of the sides in combination with a sturdy weighted base makes for an ideal display captivating the interest of all those who catch a glimpse of this fine silverware.
Adjacent to the lid is a thumb-piece which has a rather thin profile, yet greatly aids in the ease of opening the box. The interior would have been gilt, however, due to its age, the gilding has faded and left a silver finish on the inside.
Upon holding the box, the craftsmanship and prestigious construction quality are apparent with the reassuring weight and the precise geometric dimensions of the box. Additionally, the hinge and closure of the lid function flawlessly with a smooth closing action and a precise closure of the lid.
The box is fully hallmarked with the maker's mark "F.M", silver lion, Birmingham anchor and the date mark "w" for 1896.
A remarkable Victorian snuff box to add to a bespoke collection whether for personal use or display - an undoubtedly eye-catching snuff box for enthusiasts of English silverware of the Victorian era.
- Large Table-Size Victorian Snuff Box with Intricate Hand Engraved Design
- Fully Hallmarked - "F.M", Birmingham Anchor, Silver Lion and Date Mark 1896.
- Captivating Scalloped Sides and Acanthus Engravings.
- Size (mm) L:72mm W:45mm H:17mm
- Size (inches) L:2.83 W:1.77 H:0.66
- Weight: 91 grams (3.20 oz)
Great Condition – Please note that this item is antique and has slight signs of wear on the exterior and interior. Please refer to the photographs for further details on the condition of the item. (We ensure to take photos of the faults most visibly – the issues will likely appear less significant seen by the human eye).