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Antique Silver Table Snuff Box

£2,750

Stock: 9838

Date: 1854

Maker: Yapp & Woodward

Country: England

A magnificent antique sterling silver box of military interest. Substantial size and weight. Original gilt interior. Crisp cast borders and...

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Description

Description

A magnificent antique sterling silver box of military interest. Substantial size and weight. Original gilt interior. Crisp cast borders and engine turned decoration to the sides and base. The top bears a regimental inscription. This box is likely to have been used in the Officer’s Mess for the Loisel Regiment of Militia.

Weight 572 grams, 18.3 troy ounces.

Height 5.5 cm. Top measures 12.5 cm x 9.3 cm.

Birmingham 1854.

Maker Yapp & Woodward.

Sterling silver.

Signed/Inscribed: “Presented by Major WL Henning to Colonel RH Bingham and the Officers of the Loisel Regiment of MILITIA. June 2nd 1855.”

Literature: Grinding tobacco leaves in order to inhale the powder dates from the mid 17th century in Europe however the first snuff boxes don’t seem to have appeared until the reign of William III circa 1695.

Condition

The box is in very good condition. The hinge works well. Stamped inside with a full set of English silver hallmarks. The interior gilding is still good. The decoration on the underside shows some wear to the centre, slightly prominent, which cannot be seen from above.

Maker Information

Maker: Yapp & Woodward

Yapp & Woodward was a Birmingham silver maker partnership, known for making visiting card cases. Yapp was also partners with Joseph Willmore at one stage and latterly both Yapp and Woodward were partners with Willmore. After the death of Woodward in 1847 Yapp entered into partnership with John Chinn.

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