Queen Anne Tobacco Box, 1710
Tobacco Box - Oval, Engraved Coat-of-Arms - London circa 1710 by William Fleming - 8cm long; 49g - BW/9859
This is a fabulous early 18th century oval silver snuff or tobacco box emblazoned to the front with a coat-of-arms within a scroll cartouche.
This Queen Anne period box has two clear "Fl" maker's mark for the New Standard (Britannia standard) to the interior dating the box to the 1697-1720 period; the style of the box and working dates of the maker suggest a date of manufacture circa 1710. The engraving to the top cover remains crisp and to the underside are some original engraved "BW" initials.
Although the interior is a little pitted (typical of snuff and tobacco boxes from the period), the box is in fine order throughout.