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SOLD - Sterling Silver Bougie Box - Antique George III

An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Georgian English sterling silver bougie box; an addition to our 18th century silverware collection

SKU: A6013

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This exceptional antique George III sterling silver bougie box* has a circular rounded form.

The surface of this unusual box is plain and embellished with the contemporary bright cut engraved initials 'IB'.

The body of this impressive example of 18th century silverware features a hinged belt strap clip.

The upper and lower portion of the body is encircled with an applied moulded border.

This impressive bougie box retains the original, hinged cover ornamented with a further band of applied moulded decoration to the rim.

The cover is fitted with a shaped thumbpiece to the anterior edge.

The upper plateaued portion of the cover features a pierced circular hole allowing access to the wax coil and retains the original swivel hinged cutter/snuffer.

* A bougie box was developed in England from the middle of the 18th century, allowing the luxury of a portable wax jack. The solid metal container was used to protect and allow controlled access to a coiled taper candle; the burning time of the candle could be controlled by the amount pulled through the top of the box. Although these boxes were predominantly made for sealing wax the taper was often used as a source of light for poorly lodged travellers.

What is sterling silver?

AC Silver


This antique box is an exceptional gauge of silver for its type, exceptional quality and in exceptional condition in keeping with age.

The maker's mark struck to the interior of the box is very clear.

Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of this piece of antique silverware.


Length from hinge to lip 4.4cm/1.7"

Diameter 4.2cm/1.7"

Height 1.9cm/0.7"


1 troy ounce/30.9g

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Andrew Campbell started trading in antiques during the 1970s. 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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