A really smart and unusual locking biscuit box or barrel made from EPNS (Electro-Plated Nickel Silver) and dating to around 1880, late Victorian in era.
The canister has an all-over engraved decoration with a vacant cartouche to the front, the hinged lid with a folding campaign style handle.
The box comes complete with a Victorian period padlock which secures the catch at the front, the original key is used to lock and unlock the padlock.
The underside is fully marked for the top-notch silversmith, Mappin and Webb Company, Sheffield; 71 & 72 Cornhill, City; 72 & 73 Oxford St. London.
A stunning example in excellent condition measuring 5 1/2" in diameter, plus catch and padlock x 6 1/4" tall to top of lid or 7 1/4" to top of handle while upright.
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Magnificent Antique English Locking Biscuit Box by Mappin and Webb c.1880