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Antique Silver Table Snuff Box

Date: 1854

Maker: Yapp & Woodward

Country: England

£2,750
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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.

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