Antique Silver Perpetual Calendar Snuff Box
Date: Circa 1750
An 18th century silver snuff box with rotating dials to both sides. Very charming and retains the interior gilding. The...
An 18th century silver snuff box with rotating dials to both sides. Very charming and retains the interior gilding. The panels have scrolled flower and chased decoration. The top side has the rotatable “Calendarium Perpetuum” which shows the days of the week (in old German script, and marked with their planetary signs) against days of the month. The reverse side has seven readout windows described by the headings on the rotatable disk (in old German script) – 1) month of the year with its number of days, 2) the important saints’ and feast days in the month, 3) sun’s Zodiacal position (represented by amusing little hand engraved zodiac symbols), 4) length of day, 5) length of night, 6) time of sun rise, and 7) time of sunset. A good example in very good condition.
Weight 126 grams, 4 troy ounces.
Length 8.4cm. Width 5.5cm. Height 2cm.
Probably 18th century circa 1750.
This little box is in very good condition. The interior gilt has a little wear and some scratching. One of the reverse side edges has a mark, probably in the manufacture, but could be a hallmark, unfortunately illegible. Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.
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