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English Victorian Sterling Silver Box 1855 - ASPREYS of London
This beautiful, English, Victorian sterling silver box is hallmarked for the year 1855. I believe it is a soap box - part of what would have been a marvellous dressing case for a wealthy client. One of this company's specialities was the dressing case. In 1851 the company won a gold medal at the Great Exhibition in 1851, presented by Queen Victoria, and In 1862 she granted the first Royal Warrant.
The Asprey heritage dates back to the 1781. Asprey's flagship retail store is located on New Bond Street in London, United Kingdom. Asprey has supplied crowns, coronets and sceptres for royal families around the world and as of 2013 holds a Royal Warrant of appointment from the Prince of Wales.
The dimensions of this stunning box are 3 and 1/8" (8cms) by 2 and 7/16" (6.2cms). It is approximately 1¼" (3.8cms) tall. It weighs 81.4 grams.
The outside is gently curved as if to hold a bar of soap. Both top and base are lavishly engraved in the raised, repoussé style. Here are little flowers, full blown poppies, leaves and scrolling ferns. In the centre of the top is a blank space for a monogram.
The box opens easily on its strong hinge by lifting a narrow lip on a plain edge. The interior is glowingly gilded. On the plain area of the lid you will find two hallmarks – the lion passant for sterling silver and the stylised date letter `U' for the year 1855 – a London hallmark.
Almost lost in the decoration is a crown and the inscription'Asprey Bond Street'.
This fascinating and very lovely box with its historical associations could nowadays simply be displayed or used for multiple purposes. It is in wonderful condition and will arrive in a gift box.
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