English Automata Pocket Snuff Box of Silver Mounted Tortoiseshell
English Automata Pocket Snuff Box of Silver Mounted Tortoiseshell

English Automata Pocket Snuff Box of Silver Mounted Tortoiseshell

1700 to 1800 England

Offered by Finch & Co

Sold
Request Information Call Dealer
Favourite Item
An Unusual English Automata Pocket Snuff Box of Silver Mounted Tortoiseshell the inside top lid containing a moving painted Vellum scene of St George on horseback slaying the dragon. A natural pearl and silver push button to the top operating the mechanism.
The silver rim marked J * D Fecit
Circa 1750-60

Size: 3cm high, 9cm wide, 7cm deep – 1¼ ins high, 3½ ins wide, 2¾ ins deep
Snuff, like good claret, is thought by some to be improved if its chill is taken off, so most pocket boxes were made of materials that conducted heat. Over three centuries many different boxes were made, often of exquisite workmanship ornamented with diamonds or cameos, and even the ordinary wooden kind are notable for their perfectly fitted hinges and lids. This box is very unusual for having a concealed mechanism that operates a theatrical scene, presumably for the amusement of acquaintances in the half-light of Vauxhall Gardens!
Medium
Tortoiseshell, Silver, Vellum, Gouche, Gold picque
Finch & Co

Finch & Co
Suite No 744
2 Old Brompton Road
London
SW7 3DQ
England

+44 (0)20-7413 9937
+44 (0)7836 684133
Favourite Dealer
Request Dealer Alerts
Opening Hours
Contacts
Member Since 2006
Members of
View Full Details

Browse More Items From Finch & Co

View Dealer's Gallery