This is a quality Continental silver sugar box of somewhat squat form standing on four very decorative feet. The whole surface is decorated with incised scrolling patterns of foliage and the feet are of more solid repoussé decoration. It opens with a hinged lid at the top to reveal a delicately gilded interior. There is a lock-plate and keyhole but currently no key (sugar was considered a valuable asset along with tea in the 19th century). The box is marked on the inside of the lid and the base of the interior with a five-petalled mark which includes a woman’s head with a wreath and a possible figure 3. This would mean that the piece is Austro-Hungarian of 800 silver. There is also a maker’s mark which is ‘M.G’. The overall condition of the piece is very good for age and would make a significant statement sitting on your sideboard. 5.5 ins (14cm) x 4.5 ins (11.4cm) x 4 ins (10.1cm). Weight 468 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 98.
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