Antique James II Silver Tobacco Box


Stock: 8877

Date: 1688

Country: England

A rare early English silver box with lift off top. Simple oval shape and rope borders. This style was popular...

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A rare early English silver box with lift off top. Simple oval shape and rope borders. This style was popular from the mid 17th century up until the reign of George I. The top has a large hand engraved coat of arms within a decorative cartouche.

Weight 120 grams, 3.8 troy ounces.
Length 9.2 cms. Width 7.4 cms. Height 2 cms.
London 1688.
Maker “RH” – see Jacksons page 143*.
Sterling silver.

Marks. Stamped on the edge of the base with a full set of clear English silver hallmarks; inside the lid are the makers mark and lion mark.

Literature: *Fire at Goldsmiths Hall
It is unusual to have a makers name for a piece of silver of this early date as there are no precise records of silver makers’ marks prior to 1697. All records were destroyed in the fire at Goldsmiths Hall in 1681 when the Assay Office and apartments of the Assayer and Clerk in the south west wing of the building were burned down. From 1697 onwards Goldsmiths Hall has preserved a complete record of workmen’s marks, addresses, together with their names and the dates. Sometimes the details of makers can be discovered from old records such as the inventories of noble houses and other institutions.


A rare little antique silver box in very good condition. Good colour. The hand engraving still has good definition.

Maker Information

No maker assigned

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