A magnificent hand-engraved 22K gold plate and solid silver snuff box - c18th-century French style. An exemplary piece of fine artisan craftsmanship of the Georgian era - fine and precise acanthus/floral hand engravings on all dimensions, less the bottom which has an engine-turned design. The centre of the lid portrays two Napoleonic figures in a stride, the background contrasted with fine streaked lines. Additionally, the thumbpiece is of similar design to English Georgian snuff boxes with a three-dimensional chased relief aiding in the ease of opening the box. The interior is equally matched with a gold interior in a brighter tone compared to the external gold plate.

The snuff box has no hallmarking, however, it has been precisely acid tested for different gold karats as well as the base construction solid silver (examination process photos/details available on request).

French c18th Century Gold Plate & Silver Snuff Box
Hand-engraved acanthus design with Napoleonic figures.
Gold interior

SIZE
Size L:83mm W:35mm H:21mm
Weight: 77 Grams

CONDITION
Excellent Condition - Please bear in mind this item is antique and shows signs of cosmetic wear. There is slight gold wear on the exterior and interior and one small area on the bottom has discolouration where the acid test was performed. Please refer to the large images for further details on the condition.

ITEM ID
RL-4
COLOR
Gold
ORIGIN
France • French
PURPOSE
Boxes, Pill Boxes
ITEM TYPE
Antique

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Antique French Hand Engraved Silvergilt Snuff Box - c18th Century

$1,750

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