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Georgian Silver Snuff Box - Finlayson Family     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S1785
Period: George III
Year: 1804
Silversmith: John Douglas
Place: London
Price: $ 490.00
Weight: 64 grams
Dimensions: 6.7 cm *4.2 cm *2.0 cm height
Condition: Good, very small split to one corner, 2 small dents. Hinge excellent, snug closure.

Description: An interesting Georgian silver snuffbox, with Finlayson family interest. The snuff box has an engraved cross hatch design, with 2 intersecting straps, copying an early suitcase or trunk. The snuff box is curved, so would fit snugly in a pocket. The interior is gilded. The straps are very suitable for engraving, and the names of 4 different generations of Finlaysons have been engraved on this one. The 4 names include "John Finlayson Merchant, Canongate 1760, John Finlayson S.S.C. Edinburgh 1824, Thomas B. Finlayson 1862, Mary H. Finlayson 1874". The base is also engraved with owners initials AF 1833, we assume another Finlayson. The script engraving of all 4 names is different, so was engraved at different times as ownership of the box transferred. The first date precedes the age of the box, so we assume the 2nd Finlayson started the tradition. The hallmarks are clear, and include makers mark ID without pellet (Grimwade 1250), this could be John Douglas or John Death, we assume Douglas as he was a known snuff box maker, along with his partner Richard Lockwood.
Georgian Silver Snuff Box - Finlayson Family
Georgian silver snuff box - Finlayson Family

Georgian Silver Snuff Box - Finlayson Family
Thomas Finlayson 1862, Mary Finlayson 1874

Georgian Silver Snuff Box - Finlayson Family
John Finlayson Merchant Canongate, Edinburgh

Georgian Silver Snuff Box - Finlayson Family
Suitcase silver snuff box - curve of box

Georgian Silver Snuff Box - Finlayson Family
Gilded interior, Georgian silver snuff box

Georgian Silver Snuff Box - Finlayson Family
John Douglas silver hallmarks

Georgian Silver Snuff Box - Finlayson Family
Georgian silver snuff box - scale

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