Papier Mache Snuff or Bonbonnerie Box

Papier Mache Snuff or Bonbonnerie Box

c. 1830 to c. 1835 England

Offered by Baggott Church Street Ltd

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The box with applied hand coloured print and inscribed: Thomas Attwood Esq. founder of political unions.
Diameter 3.75” (10cm)
English, circa 1830-1835
Stock No. 9906
Born at Hawne House, Halesowen in 1783, Thomas Attwood was a gifted and intelligent man, dubbed in his own time as ‘the very first economist of the age’. He started work in his father’s bank, Attwoods, Spooner, Goddington & Co. in Birmingham. In 1811 he was appointed high bailiff of Birmingham which subsequently lead to his representing Birmingham in two issues of vital importance, both concerned matters of trade which were damaging the city’s economy.

The first concerned the Orders in Council which banned trade with French territories in response to Napoleon’s Berlin Decree which had ushered in the Continental System. There Orders lead to retaliatory action by the Americans which destroyed Birmingham’s lucrative American trade. The second issue concerned the East India Company which had a monopoly of trade with the Far East. Thomas Attwood lead a delegation which gave evidence to the House of Commons committee where he proved an impressive witness. To the relief of Birmingham’s manufacturers the Orders in Council were revoked in 1812 and the East India Company’s monopoly was restricted. Attwood became an overnight hero in Birmingham.


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9906
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