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18th century dutch hand wrought brass oval engraved tobacco box

18th century Dutch hand wrought brass oval engraved tobacco box.

Status: This item has been sold
Sold by: Serpentine Antiques


18th century (before 1750) Dutch hand wrought oval brass tobacco box with all over engraving, and profound textual expression.
Dutch makers specialised in engraved boxes with common subjects such as humorous scenes of smoking, drinking, sports, domestic life, ships and sailors. The Netherlands was one of the biggest traders in tobacco and related products.
Both lid and base are engraved with scenes flanked by text, and outlined by moulded bands.
The text reads:
Eerder met een span
is oost en west te raken
als dat men alle man
kan pas en maken
This translates to:
It is easier to connect east and west with a bow than to satisfy everyone.
The balance of the box is all over engraved with lines and feathered decoration.
The hinge is strong and very decorative, and the box closes firmly.
Size-5.5 inches long by 3 inches wide by 1.5 inches high.
This tobacco box is a very good size and weight, having a thick gauge of brass, and no damage or repairs. more description


This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as .

This item is SOLD and is no longer available to purchase. The seller of the item was Serpentine Antiques.

Serpentine Antiques

at The Antiques Warehouse
Badshot Farm
St. Georges Rd
United Kingdom

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