Lot 1530

A SILVER MOUNTED OVAL TORTOISESHELL HINGE LIDDED ROYALIST SNUFF BOX

The underside decorated with a portrait of the crowned bust of King Charles I within an oval wreath surround, the top with an applied silver mount decorated with a central urn between two birds within a scroll surround, 7.5cm x 6cm (including hinge), offered together with an auction sale catalogue of the contents of The Grange, Levenshulme, May 1904, Lot number 181, and further paperwork detail

Estimate: £200 - £300
Hammer price: £1,100
Bidding ended. Lot has been sold.

Condition report: front panel to lid slight wear to the high points, generally looks to be in good condition. The pins holding it to the lid do not correspond with the pierced holes, if indeed these were originally intended to hold them. Portrait to underside has some rubbing. The hinge is in good condition. The tortoise shell generally is of good condition. Two insect (possibly silverfish) marks to front of box. Lid closes well. Tortoise shell is in surprisingly good condition considering the age and may be replaced. It seems strange that there is wear to the portrait of the king underneath yet no significant wear to the tortoise shell. The hinge bracket is not perfectly centred to the panel of the lid. 

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