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Antique Silver Gilt Snuff Box - Thomas Shaw, Thomas Ogilvy, Francis Philips
Reference: S1387
Period: George IV
Year: 1828
Silversmith: Thomas Shaw
Place: Birmingham
Price: $ 3 050.00
Weight: 184 grams
Dimensions: 8.7cm *6.5cm *2.8cm height
Condition: Excellent. Hinge perfect, snug closure. Break in lance, scratches to blank cartouche on base.

Description: A magnificent silver gilt snuffbox with a superb finely detailed battle scene. The gilding on the battle scene has different tones, the base has a deeper rich red tinge, this fades to a lighter yellow gold colour in the sky. The box is exceptional quality and a pleasing weight. The sides and rim are richly decorated with cast flowers and thistles, which leads us to believe it is possibly a Scottish battle scene (we welcome opinions!). The battle is being fought with swords, battleaxes, lances, shields, armour and horses, no sign of firearms. The detail includes a castle in the background, flags, finely detailed armour and armorials on the shield - the work of a master craftsman. The base is engine turned, and has a blank cartouche. The interior lid is engraved "Presented to Thomas Ogilvy Esqr, by the New Quay Company of Manchester, as a mark of their gratitude, for his great attention & trouble as arbiter, in the investigation of the disputed claim, made on them by Messrs Francis Philips & Sons, 1829". The engraving is also lovely, different fonts and sizes, also the work of a master engraver. The hallmarks are clear, on both the lid and the base. Thomas Shaw worked between 1818 and 1845, when he died age 63. He is renowned for his excellent quality snuff boxes and vinaigrettes.
Antique Silver Gilt Snuff Box - Thomas Shaw, Thomas Ogilvy, Francis Philips
Silver Gilt snuff box

Antique Silver Gilt Snuff Box - Thomas Shaw, Thomas Ogilvy, Francis Philips
Side view

Antique Silver Gilt Snuff Box - Thomas Shaw, Thomas Ogilvy, Francis Philips
Detail

Antique Silver Gilt Snuff Box - Thomas Shaw, Thomas Ogilvy, Francis Philips
Open box

Antique Silver Gilt Snuff Box - Thomas Shaw, Thomas Ogilvy, Francis Philips
Back of box

Antique Silver Gilt Snuff Box - Thomas Shaw, Thomas Ogilvy, Francis Philips
Inscription

Antique Silver Gilt Snuff Box - Thomas Shaw, Thomas Ogilvy, Francis Philips
Scale

Antique Silver Gilt Snuff Box - Thomas Shaw, Thomas Ogilvy, Francis Philips
Hallmark 1

Antique Silver Gilt Snuff Box - Thomas Shaw, Thomas Ogilvy, Francis Philips
Hallmark 2

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