A very lovely late 18th century English brass tobacco tin, or box, with hinged lid. On the lid is an engraved scene of a woman and her dog at a well. On the underside of the tin is an engraved mourning motif verse. The verse reads, "Even as the sun with purple coloured face Had ta'en his last leave of weeping morn The maiden hied her to the well Followed by the dog of black and fawn"
The oval-shaped box measures 5 1/4" long by 3 1/8" wide by approximately 1 1/2" deep. It is in very, very nice condition. There are some minor expected dings though nothing beyond expected wear. The engraved scene on the top is very worn as one would imagine it to be after being held in the same place to be opened for over two hundred years. The engraved verse on the bottom is very legible. There is an old repair on the hinge, further evidence that this was a treasured item. There is also the beginnings of a small split in the brass right at the hinge. The lid still closes very tightly. The brass has a wonderful soft, warm patina.