This exquisite, Victorian aesthetic period box bears English hallmarks for sterling silver.
The box measures 3 and 15/16” (10cms) by 2 and 13/16” (7.1cms) across the lid. It is 1¼” (3.3cms) tall. It weighs 60.6 grams.
The Victorian aesthetic movement was influenced by Japanese art. So here on the lid are cherry blossoms. The flowers are deeply symbolic. Their short-lived existence expresses appreciation of the beauty of the fleeting nature of life. Here there is some artistic licence - the leafy boughs look like acanthus rather than cherry tree leaves. The edge has a delicate pie crust edging.
Around the top edge of the base is a sweet decoration. There is solid line fluting around the lower half of the edge. It is finished with the same pie crust edging. The base is perfectly plain.
The interior bears the maker’s mark ‘H&T’ for Hilliard and Thomason (registered in 1847). The head of Queen Victoria and the date letter ‘N’ for 1887.
In fine antique condition, this beautiful box will arrive carefully presented and protected.
Victorian 1887 Sterling Silver Cherry Blossom Box - Hilliard and Thomason