Here's a wonderfully crafted and highly decorated silver table snuff or tobacco box in the form of a boot or shoe. It has 2 compartments - one on the top and on the bottom the heel opens too. It was made in The Netherlands (Holland) in 1886, as the date letter in the heel shows. It is 5 1/4" long and 2 1/2" high. The silver is a Dutch standard of 833 as the silver mark, which is also in the heel, shows.
This remarkable piece is covered in engraving and has an applied silver bow at the top as well. The engraving show a pipe smoker on the lid at the top of the box. He has a very long early style pipe and a tankard nearby. Down the front of the shoe is a scene with 3 people near a house, and there are also many leafy designs and swags all around. The condition is very good. The lids close well, only the heel lid has a little give in it when held upside down but this requires only a slight adjustment.
On the bottom the numerous "nails" in the shoes are engraved in the sole area. In the center of the sole is a couple lines in old Dutch from a poem by a 16th century poet named Jacob Cats. it translates as follows - "A tree or a spinster once old, doesn't get any young wood anymore." Not sure where that fits in, but I will be doing a bit more research on it.
So all in all - here's a box you won't see again I'm quite sure - it's a wonderful piece. Find another!
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