A rare antique English, solid sterling silver snuff box; finely made, with a gently curved design, a gilded interior and engraved with stylized hieroglyphs around a sphinx motif. Probably made to commemorate Nelson's death in 1805, inspired by his Egyptian campaigns including the Battle of The Nile. An almost identical example is housed in the Philadelphia Museum of Arts.
Terrific quality & immensely collectible!
CONDITION: All original and very good. Slightest signs of wear commensurate with age and use.
DATE/MARKS: English hallmark for B'ham 1806. Maker's marks ML (Matthew Linwood).