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17th Century Antique Silver Counter Box

£1,150

Stock: 10151

Date: Circa 1690

Country: England

A late 17th century silver counter box of typical cylindrical form with pull-off cover. The lines of hatched engraving resemble...

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Description

Description

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.
Unmarked silver.
Probably English.
Circa 1690.

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.

Condition

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.

Maker Information

No maker assigned

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