Antique Silver Snuff Box
Date: Circa 1849
Maker: Nathaniel Mills
An excellent quality antique sterling silver snuff box of rectangular form with cushion sides. The top has a cast silver...
An excellent quality antique sterling silver snuff box of rectangular form with cushion sides. The top has a cast silver border with crisp vine leaf decoration and centre engraved with a street scene (possibly University College, Oxford). The base is engine turned. The interior has the original bright gilding. Top measures 9×6 cms. Height 2.2 cms. Weight 159 grams, 5.1 troy ounces. Birmingham 1849. Maker Nathaniel Mills.
This delightful antique silver box is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. The cast border and engraved decoration is crisp. The hinge is good and the box closes tightly. The interior retains the original bright gilding. Stamped on both pieces with a full set of clear and matching English silver hallmarks. 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.
Maker: Nathaniel Mills
Nathaniel Mills, jeweller, founded this well known Birmingham business particularly known for castle top boxes. His son Nathaniel Mills II (1784-1843), entered his first mark in 1803 with Langston. Later marks alone in 1825 onwards. After Nathaniel Mills II death in 1843 his family continued to run the business as Nathaniel Mills & Sons, changing to Mills & Owen in 1854, and more latterly as William Mills.
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