This stately silverplated box was probably intended to be used as a tobacco container but it's a fine place to hold a variety of things, cookies and candy included.
This was made by John Sherwood & Sons of Birmingham England who advertised themselves in 1869 as manufacturers of silver and electroplated goods of every description.
The box is ornately etched all around and it sits on its attached 'drip' stand (presumably to catch the fallen bits of tobacco). The stand has three gracefully scrolled 'legs'.
The box measures 7 1/2 inches across the base by about 8 1/2 inches high to the fancy finial top. The lid to the box is attached at a secure hinge.
There's some wear to the silver, most notably on the lid. The inside shows some pitting to the metal. This box has been cleaned with a cloth but not fully polished so the silver patina is a bit uneven. The box is solid and in overall very good antique condition.
The inside bottom of the box is hallmarked with the marks ascribed to John Sherwood & Sons of Birmingham, England, ca. 1858 to the early 20th Century...the JS&S, the beaver, the crown and the date letter (can't quite make it out).
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