This is a beautiful item in heavy and ornate silverplate, standing on bun feet with a shell designed top knot lever to open the lid. There is the possibility that its use could have been for presenting hors d'oeuvres or other hot snacks. In a more elegant age, crumbs on the table needed to be discreetly removed and 'The Silent Butler' was one method. These boxes have a long handle and can usually be opened by one hand with the aid of a thumb-piece – this could therefore have also been used as a Silent Butler. The piece is marked with an 'R' topped by a crown, number 1425 and the maker's name, 'John Seymour Ltd, Silver Plated, Made in England'. It is in excellent condition with no dents or dings to the silverplate, but with some wear to the wooden handle. Maximum length 11 ins (28cm), width 7.5 ins (19cm), depth 1.25 ins (3.25cm). Weight 684 grams. This item can be seen in the book, "Antique Boxes - Inside and Out", on page 106.