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Antique French Sterling Silver Snuff or Patch Box, 19th C. Guilloche, Monogram
We've been unable to get a clear enough image of the tiny diamond-shaped punch mark to determine the silversmith who made this early 1800s snuff or patch box, but we can tell from the Minerve profile mark that it is .950/1000 pure silver and highest quality guarantee, per the French hallmarks system. We've shown images of both marks. As well as numerous images do you can see the beautifully handcrafted box and its current condition. The Minerve proves out that the box was made some time after 1838 when that mark was put into use. We'd date this one c.1840-70, or roughly Napoleon III era.
Very good condition for age and type. It appears to have once had a vermeil or 18k gold interior, which has loss and deterioration as shown. There are a couple of small push dents, visible in our big clear images. The box closes very smoothly, no damage at hinge or lip. The work on this is all entirely hand crafted, and engraved monogram on that cartouche is probably H and G overlapping. Slightly subject to interpretation, so look closely. Measurements noted on images. There is one area on the bottom outer rim that shows damage, again, visible for your inspection.
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Susan Dean, San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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