These small pocket containers were also used for candy and would typically contain pieces of peppermint. These small boxes were typically made in silver, and were considered an Object D `Art.Most are similar is their small size, but come in many different shapes, styles, and decorations. Some pieces, such as this one, combined many different shapes and patterns, combined with extensive line and zig zag hand engravings to create a fancy, eye appealing presentation. This was not only a utilitarian object, but a necessary accoutrement for any affluent and fashionable Gentleman or Lady. This piece is completely hand made of silver.
It is only about 1 1/2" tall x 1 5/8" wide x 1 3/8 deep and weighs a mere. 8 ounces or 24 grams. Their rarity is due not only to surviving 144 years; but their diminutive size lends itself to easily being lost.
This piece is in Mint Condition for its extreme age. The silver case opens properly and closes tightly with a snap. This piece has 5 hallmarks: 2 on the bottom, 2 on the inside top, and one on the left inside lip, an r letter date is for 1876. The Lion passant mark is minimum. The Minerva head stamp is a duty mark.
The 77B is an unidentified mark. This piece has exceptional even, naturally occurring aged patina that is rarely seen and is coveted by advanced collectors. The hand engraving is crisp, shows no wear. I only found one small ding just above the engraved crest of the bottom front, with a few small marks on the bottom; and appears to never have been polished. This would be perfect for any Gentleman or Ladies accessory collector, miniature or smalls collection, snuff, peppermint container or use as a ring, jewelry, or for keepsakes, paper weight, desk accessory or Object D Art, and could still be used today for its original purpose.
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The item "1876 HALLMARKED SILVER ENGRAVED DUTCH POCKET SNUFF / PEPPERMINT BOX WITH NOTE" is in sale since Friday, July 10, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Non-U.The seller is "1knifeguy1" and is located in Fairfield, California. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay, Russian federation, Ukraine.