17th Century Antique Silver Counter Box
Date: Circa 1690
A late 17th century silver counter box of typical cylindrical form with pull-off cover. The lines of hatched engraving resemble...
A late 17th century silver counter box of typical cylindrical form with pull-off cover. The lines of hatched engraving resemble that on English silver nutmeg graters circa 1690 and there is a small comical face showing through the border on the lid.
Weight 44 grams, 1.4 troy ounces.
Height 4.3cm. Diameter 4,.2cm.
Literature. Counter boxes contained a number of disks, commonly stamped or engraved with portraits of English monarchs, that were used as game markers and counting devices. Counter boxes were rarely marked.
A 17th century little box in good condition with minor surface scratching and a few small dinks. The engraving is hand done and a nice feature are the two tiny “x”s (see final image), to help line up the lid engraving with the body.
No maker assigned
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