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Cape Silver Snuffbox     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S1442
Period: Victorian
Year: Circa 1851
Silversmith: Jacobus Johannes Vos
Place: Cape
Price: R 13 500.00
Weight: 19 grams
Dimensions: 3.6 cm * 2.6 cm
Condition: Very good, hinge in full working order, good closure. Gilt interior good.

Description: A charming Cape silver snuffbox, retangular in form, and quite small in size. It is decorated with typically Cape engraving, generally a crude series of lines and dots. The cover is quite unusual, having a central shield cartouche (engraved "MMM Le R 1851") surrounded by 2 Scottish thistles - this design is very rare on Cape silver. The surname "Le R" (possibly Le Roux?) is probably French Huguenot in origin, the Scottish thistles are a mystery. The sides of the box have a zig-zag design, the base a blank rectangular design. The interior is gilded, and the base of the interior has an engraved sunburst design. The hallmarks are on the rim of the lid, and consist of makers initials JJV surrounded by 2 acorn devices (Welz mark 159). They are quite small but clear and well struck, but given the location difficult to see. JJ Vos was one of the last 2 surviving Cape Silversmiths, he worked between 1841 and 1882 (Welz).
Cape Silver Snuffbox
Cape silver snuffbox

Cape Silver Snuffbox
Cape silver snuffbox interior

Cape Silver Snuffbox
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Cape Silver Snuffbox
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Cape Silver Snuffbox
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