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Antique Silver Perpetual Calendar Snuff Box

Date: Circa 1750

Country: Germany

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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.

German.

Probably 18th century circa 1750.

Unmarked silver.

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