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The surface of this unusual box is plain and embellished with the contemporary bright cut engraved initials 'IB'.
The body of this impressive example of 18th century silverware features a hinged belt strap clip.
The upper and lower portion of the body is encircled with an applied moulded border.
This impressive bougie box retains the original, hinged cover ornamented with a further band of applied moulded decoration to the rim.
The cover is fitted with a shaped thumbpiece to the anterior edge.
The upper plateaued portion of the cover features a pierced circular hole allowing access to the wax coil and retains the original swivel hinged cutter/snuffer.
* A bougie box was developed in England from the middle of the 18th century, allowing the luxury of a portable wax jack. The solid metal container was used to protect and allow controlled access to a coiled taper candle; the burning time of the candle could be controlled by the amount pulled through the top of the box. Although these boxes were predominantly made for sealing wax the taper was often used as a source of light for poorly lodged travellers.
Length from hinge to lip 4.4cm/1.7"
1 troy ounce/30.9g
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The maker's mark struck to the interior of the box is very clear.
Date: Circa 1775
Origin: London, England
|Height||0.70 inch||(1.78 cm)|
|Depth||1.70 inch||(4.32 cm)|
35B St Georges Terrace
Tyne & Wear