A piece of Russian history. A Soviet era sterling quality, silver cigarette case inscribed on the face "806th Air Force, Lutske 1942" in a banner with a floral surround. The hinge is sound and the lock button is ruby colored cabochon. The interior is gilt showing slight abrasion from use and bears on both the front and back the District Mint mark 875, of a type used from 1927-1946, indicating a fineness of 84 zolotnicks along with the Assayers mark. The exterior shows slight abrasion ...click for details
Probably French, these cast silver buckles are unmarked. In the style favored on womens shoes at end of the 18th C and early 19th C. The buckles are mounted on hand forged metal fasteners which have patina and a small amount of light rust.
In very good condition. 2" x 1 7/8". 1780-1820
From a Scottish collection, this small, egg shaped spice container is the first we have encountered. Crafted in wood with a threaded closure, it apparently contained cinnamon.
The exterior has a textured finish and the interior remains natural. While the piece comes from a Scottish collection, we are unable to give a specific attribution. It is well known that quality travelers in the 17th an 18th C carried their own spices but beyond the documentation surrounding fine silver boxes little schol ...click for details
A fine quality sterling silver vinaigrette by Thomas Shaw, Caroline Street Birmingham.
Rectangular box is bright cut on all sides with well formed, rolled edges. The grill and interior are gold gilt and both the lid and bottom bear the George IV head, Lion Passant, Initials of Thomas Shaw and the date code 1837
The ornate grill is of the finest quality, punched and tooled to simulate patterned wire work.
The gold gilt interior shows slight abrasion and wear from use and age. Accompanied by th ...click for details
An attractive oval variegated horn tobacco or snuff box, with a silver escutcheon plate bearing the name John Cutberson. The box shows minor wear, with losses at the lid edge and minor abrasion from use and age but is otherwise in very good condition. A scarce and desirable piece of 18th C. Scottish history. 3.25" in length, 2" wide, .75" deep. Please inquire with questions?
This painted lead fire mark, depicting the Royal Exchange Building, is from the Royal Exchange Assurance of Houses and Goods from Loss by Fire. Founded by royal charter in 1720 and itself ravaged by fire and destroyed in 1838. The fire mark was invented for the purpose of and used as a guide for the insurance sponsered fire brigades. If the brigade arrived on the scene and found that their office did not insure the risk, as evidenced by the absence of an appropriate fire mark, they went home aga ...click for details
This is the second pattern British Fire Office Fire Mark, or Fire Plate as these brass plated metal marks were called. This plate depicts a standing lion with his right paw resting on the shield of Great Britian.
These fire marks were invented for the purpose of and used as a guide for the insurance company fire brigades. If, in the event a fire brigade arrvived on the scene and found that it was not their office that insured the risk, they went home again, leaving the owner or public to fight ...click for details
Crafted during the late 18th or early 19th Century. Hand forged cinch or girth buckles that adorned an important Warrior's or Nobleman's saddle. Iron with silver foil overlay in a traditional Mogul pattern. In very good condition with only slight wear to the silver foil adornment. Dark from oxidation but no pitting. Scarce! 4.25" x 4" & 4.25 x 2.75"
An .800 fine silver snuff box with chased and rolled edges and a niello patterned top with dragons.The fitted lid with incised edges and full hinge is opened with the traditional thumb. The interior is gold gilt showing minor wear from use and age. In excellent condition. Size: 2" X 3". 19th C.
A finely crafted, ladies sterling silver vinaigrette bearing the touch marks of Joseph William of Birmingham and bearing the date code of 1813.
The oval form is decorated with a punched and engraved pattern on the lid which surrounds a cartouche. The sides and back are decorated with a punched double band. The silver grill bears a simple punched pattern. The back of the grill and the interior of the box is gold gilt which shows some slight and light abrasion from use and age.
In excellent con ...click for details