Antique Russian Silver and Niello Snuff Box
Antique Russian Silver and Niello Snuff Box
Antique Russian Silver and Niello Snuff Box
Antique Russian Silver and Niello Snuff Box
Antique Russian Silver and Niello Snuff Box
Antique Russian Silver and Niello Snuff Box
Antique Russian Silver and Niello Snuff Box
Antique Russian Silver and Niello Snuff Box

Antique Russian Silver and Niello Snuff Box

c. 1850 Russia

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£550 gbp
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A delightful antique silver box with attractive and very detailed engraved decoration. The top is decorated in the traditional silver and black niello with a courting couple in a strange rocky landscape and, in the background there is a tall building on a stippled ground (with minor traces of gilt). The base is equally beautiful with a young man holding a bouquet of flowers. The sides are engraved with lots of small houses. The interior has the original gilding. Weight 60 grams, 1.9 troy ounces. Top measures 6.3 x 4.5 cms. Height 1.5 cms. Top and bottom marked with Russian silver marks - makers mark, 84 grade, date mark badly struck circa 1850.
This pretty box is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. The niello shows minor wear. There are traces of the original exterior gilt stipple background and slight wear to the internal gilding.

Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.
Grinding tobacco leaves in order to inhale the powder dates from the mid 17th century in Europe however the first snuff boxes don’t seem to have appeared until the reign of William III circa 1695.

Russian silver fineness is measured in zolotniks and there are 96 zolotniks to the Russian pound. 84 zolotniks corresponds to 875 parts per 1000 silver whereas sterling silver has 926 parts per 1000 silver.
Stock Code
8247
Medium
silver and niello
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