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ANTIQUE NUMBER SA1075215: Antique Georgian Silver Gilt Snuff Box Spherical/circular With Acanthus & Vine Decorations - John Bettridge 1823

Antique Georgian Silver Gilt Snuff Box Spherical/circular With Acanthus & Vine Decorations - John Bettridge 1823

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Sold by: Artisan Antiques

We are delighted to offer this rare and exquisite Georgian solid silver gilt box made in Birmingham, 1823 with the marks of John Bettridge.
 
 
Featuring a wonderful bulbous and three-dimensional spherical design with a pull-off base and lid, this box sits right in the palm of your hand with a very reassuring quality feel owing to the good gauge of silver used in the creation of this piece.
 
 
Both sides present a meticulous repoussé and chased decoration of acanthus/vine leaves which encompass the central three-leaf motif. What is particularly impressive is the depth of the chasing and intricacy of the leaves despite the curvature of the surface.
 
 
Consistent right up to the reeded edges, stippled in the background and ornately embossed, this box is a testament to fine Georgian silversmithing which has all been done by hand in an era without electricity.
 
 
Needless to mention, the gold colour (silver gilt, gold on top of solid silver) is immediately captivating upon first glance and radiates a beautiful antique yellow 'lemon-gilt' tone.
 
 
The gilding continues with the interior on both parts, protecting the silver from tarnishing with whatever contents may be held within. Such boxes could be used for storing snuff or tobacco or perhaps with some creativity in the modern era, it could be an equally striking way to carry some small sweets or pills.
 
 
Overall, a splendid and collectable example of a uniquely shaped box which captures the essence of fine Georgian design and craftsmanship. A wonderful addition to a box collection whether be it for display or even practical usage.
 
 
The box is hallmarked with English marks on the inner bezel and outer reeded border. Some marks are hard to make out, however, with some close inspection, the Birmingham anchor and date letter "Z" for 1823 can be seen.
 
 
*All images with other items are for display purposes, this listing is for the title item only.
 
 
SIZE
 
Size (cm) W:4....
Antique #SA1075215, showcased on this page, originates from the georgian Era. For historical context, the timeline below highlights the period when it was made:
       The Georgian Era      
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