This charming Dutch snuff box was made for export in 1886. It is fully hallmarked on top and bottom. The top is decorated with a figural grouping comprised of men at work, a woman and child and a man feeding a dog. The setting is elaborate, replete with cradle, workbench, stool and multiple implements for hearth and home. The bottom has a scrolling acanthus leaf border near the top.
Dimensions: The oval box is 2 3/4" long, 2" wide and 3/4" thick.
Condition: Very Good. Apart from light signs of use, the only really notable imperfection is a very slight alignment error. No doubt the hinge needs adjustment.
Marks: The sterling guarantee mark, a sword, is on both top and bottom. The sword on bottom abuts a key, which indicates that the box was made for export. The maker's mark is on bottom, VS, the word 'HOLLAND' and some initials belonging to a prior owner. On top there can be found the city mark for Rotterdam and a date mark for 1886.