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Military Victorian Silver Snuff Box - 20th Royal Rifle Volunteers, Erotic Engraving
Reference: S1883
Period: Victorian
Year: 1845
Silversmith: Francis Clark
Place: Birmingham
Price: $ 1 400.00
Weight: 156 grams
Dimensions: 8.3 cm * 5.2 cm * 2.7 cm
Condition: Excellent, perfect hinge, snug closure, gilding excellent, no dents, scratches or repairs.

Description: A Military Victorian silver presentation snuff box, with an erotic engraving of an amorous couple hidden away from view on the base. This is a pleasing quality, substantial in size and weight, more of a table snuff box intended for a desk than the portable versions intended for a pocket. The box is rectangular, with raised lid and base, and is casket shaped with engine turned sides. It also has applied cast foliate rims (base, lid and around the presentation panel), these have exquisite detail, overall a very attractive box. The engraved inscription reads "PRESENTED TO GEORGE BOYD ESQr. by the 20th R.R.V. 1863", and is supported by scrolls (note engraving is 18 years later than box was made). The base is engraved with a erotic scene, very finely engraved with loads of detail, this is protected by the base rim, so perfectly preserved. The interior is gilded with a beautiful lemon gold original gilding, it does not appear this box has seen much use. The hallmarks on both lid and base are very clear, maker mark FC for Francis Clark, who was a noted maker of quality snuff boxes, he lived between 1799 and 1853, he was also a magistrate, so a respected member of the Birmingham community. He emigrated to Australia in 1850 for health reasons, and established an engineering business.
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