Georgian Silver Cowrie Shell Snuff Box
Georgian Silver Cowrie Shell Snuff Box
Georgian Silver Cowrie Shell Snuff Box
Georgian Silver Cowrie Shell Snuff Box
Georgian Silver Cowrie Shell Snuff Box
Georgian Silver Cowrie Shell Snuff Box
Georgian Silver Cowrie Shell Snuff Box
Georgian Silver Cowrie Shell Snuff Box
Georgian Silver Cowrie Shell Snuff Box

DOUGAL GED (worked from 1734)

Georgian Silver Cowrie Shell Snuff Box

c. 1740 Scotland

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A highly collectible antique sterling silver and shell snuff box with a hinged lid. Length 7.5 cms, width 6 cms, height 5 cms. The silver mount bears Scottish hallmarks (badly struck) for Dougal Ged, Edinburgh assay master. Circa 1740.
This rare little shell box is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. The shell is in good condition.
The central silver mount is stamped with 4 hallmarks. The 1st silver mark “GED”, the makers mark, and the 4th mark, the sterling silver “lion” mark, are clear. The middle two marks are badly stamped and are possibly either the Edinburgh mark double struck or the assay mark and date letter.

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
Popular throughout history, the very rounded, shiny, porcelain-like shells of cowries are pleasing to look at and to handle. The term "porcelain" derives from the old Italian term for the cowrie shell (porcellana) due to their similar translucent appearance. Shells of certain species have historically been used as currency in several parts of the world, as well as being used extensively for jewellery, and for other decorative and ceremonial purposes.
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8461
Medium
silver and shell
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