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French 20 ct Rose and Yellow Gold Snuff Box - Antique 1729

An exceptional, fine and impressive antique French 20 carat rose and yellow gold snuff box; an addition to our 18th century collection

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French 20 ct Rose and Yellow Gold Snuff Box - Antique 1729
French 20 ct Rose and Yellow Gold Snuff Box - Antique 1729

Description


This exceptional antique 18th century 20ct rose gold snuff box has an oval form.


The body of this antique gold snuff box is embellished with panels of engine turned decoration* alternating with four pillars accented with an applied basket of fruit below a yellow gold scrolling design.


The lower portion of the box is encompassed with an applied yellow gold evolte-scrolling leaf decorated border.


This impressive box is fitted with a hinged hallmarked cover ornamented with a continuation of the decoration to the body.


The upper plateau of the cover and underside of the body are embellished with further engine turned decoration encircled with an applied yellow gold scrolling leaf border, reflecting the same style and formation to that of the sides.


The interior of each compartment is plain and unembellished apart from the full French hallmarks which include:

Maker's mark: JJB

Date letter: 1729, Paris

Further mark: Charge mark**


This impressive antique piece has been independently tested using state of the art technology (Niton XL2 Analyzer) and verified as 20ct gold; often such 18th century boxes are a higher purity of gold than modern examples.


This antique gold box is in exceptional example of its type; in addition to being a very good weight for its size, this box feels very good and sharp in the hand.


* Engine turned decoration was first used in the 16th century on soft materials such as wood and ivory, until the 18th century when it was adopted for soft metals such as gold and silver.


** This mark was struck by the 'Fermier du driot' - tax farmer after the maker's mark and was used to declare the item was the permitted standard/finesse.


Read a brief history of antique snuff boxes


Date: 1729

Condition


This antique gold snuff box is an exceptional gauge of gold, exceptional quality and in exceptional condition.

The hallmarks to the interior of this snuff box are very clear, in keeping with age and type of box.


Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of this antique 18th Century piece.


Dimensions


Length 7cm/2.8"

Width 5cm/2"

Height 2.6cm/1"


Weight


3.1 troy ounces/97.9g


 
 
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Andrew Campbell started trading in Antique Silver in the 1970's. Initially, Andrew lived in the South of England, travelling the country, searching for items of silver to buy. Andrew sold these items at various London markets and antique fairs. Over time, and through selling at a range of venues, Andrew built up a large and diverse customer base from private buyers to national and international trade customers.
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