SCARCE ANTIQUE GEORGIAN PERIOD FRENCH SILVER GILT MUSICAL SNUFF BOX & KEY c1820
A heavy quality antique French, silver gilt (solid silver with a gold wash) musical snuff box; finely made, with engine turned decoration, original key winder and engraved to the inner lid 'In remembrance of John McKean Esq., From his Sorrowing Widow'. Plays two beautifully delicate tunes when triggered.
Wow - such a wonderful quality & pretty scarce item...most intriguing & immensely collectible!
CONDITION: All original and very good. Slightest signs of wear & shallow denting in places commensurate with age and use. Plays well, winding mechanism slips, an easyfix.
DATE/MARKS: Around 1810/20. French control marks (pictured).
DIMENSIONS: Lid 3 ¼ x 2 ¼ inches, 29 mm tall (1 inch = 25.4 mm). To give an impression of scale, the coin is 19 mm or ¾ of an inch diameter.
WEIGHT: Approx. 333.3 grams.