This small ancient tobacco box is a perfect addition to your library or study. This handsome and very fine quality cast iron tobacco box was produced by the famous Coalbrookdale Iron factory during the early 19th century, circa 1815. The ironworks was founded in 1709 and is located in Telford, England and over its vast history produced important products such as railways lines, the world’s first cast iron bridge and decorative pieces such as the gates at Hyde Park, London. The company also produced smaller cast iron items, which are now highly collectible, such as decorative benches, fireplaces and radiators.
This small, decorative cast iron tobacco box oozes quality and is complete with ALL of its original components. The raised brass three quarter profile is that of the Sir Walter Raleigh ( b circa 1554 – d 29 October 1618) who was an English landed gentleman, writer, poet, soldier, politician, courtier, spy and explorer. He is widely regarded as the first person to introduce tobacco to England when he bought it back from Virginia on the 27th of July 1586).
The sides of the box feature an embossed brass scene depicting a young Bacchanalian sitting astride a barrel of wine. The box is complete with its original cast tamper plate which features the circular ‘Coalbrookdale’ manufacture’s mark. The lid features a central circular candle holder complete with its original brass adornment.
Measuring: Width 4 1/8 inch (10.5 cm) by depth 2.75 inch (7 cm). Height 5.5 inch (14 cm). Weight: 3.4 lbs (1.575 KG)
Condition: Good, natural patina with minor surface wear commensurate with age. A tiny 1/16 inch chip to underside internal rim of lid and the same to the internal rim of the box. Slight dint to the brass rim of the candleholder and slight skew to one brass foot.
This is a wonderful item, it will display excellently. The lid fits perfectly a testament to the skilled accuracy with which it was made. The small size indicating the expense of the tobacco.
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Antique Coalbrookdale Cast iron Tobacco Box, English Circa 1815 Virginia Connection
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