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Cape Silver Snuff Box - Daniel Beets
Reference: S1667
Period: George III
Year: 1812-1828
Silversmith: Daniel Beets
Place: Cape
Price: $ 640.00
Weight: 51 grams
Dimensions: 7.2 cm, 2 cm height
Condition: Fair, this snuff box has been well used, and has considerable wear to engraving. Has been repaired over its lifetime (splits, hinge, base) but all parts original. Hinge intact with snug fit, some original gilding present, some has been lost.

Description: A Cape silver snuff box by Daniel Beets, oval in shape with a three quarter hinged lid, which is well made as it is perfectly flush with the lid, and a small but practical thumbpiece. It is a pleasing design for a snuff box, has a very nice feel in the hand, easy to take in and out of a pocket. This is a fairly rare design for Cape silver snuff boxes, most were rectangular, or had a protruding hinge. This box has been well used, as can be seen from the considerable wear to the engraving, and has been repaired more than once in its lifetime. The lid has remnants of engraved wreath surrounding owners initials and date, no longer legible. The box also has 3 worn engraved stars, typically Cape in style, one either side and on the fixed portion of the lid. The interior has original gilding, a lovely golden yellow colour, quite well preserved on lid and hinge, but only some still present in base and sides, the rest has been lost during repairs. The base shows signs of repairs and splits, so has been re-attached at some stage, now secure (well repaired). The makers mark DB (Welz mark 13, pg 146) is well struck on the base, the punch itself is quite crude, possibly made by Beets himself. Beets worked between 1812 and 1828, he was the illegitimate son of the German Balthus Beets and the slave Angana (Welz, Cape Silver, PG 128).
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