A good pair of George II silver Seal Boxes for Oxford University.
A pair of George II silver oval Seal Boxes, struck with a maker’s mark only, by Robert Collier, of London, circa 1750. The lids of the boxes are engraved with the arms of the University of Oxford, and one box containing the original wax seal impression with a silver thread embroidered blue ribbon.
These boxes are illustrated in both editions of ‘Silver Boxes‘ by Eric Delieb. Delieb, however, mis-attributed the maker in both editions. For the illustration in the Second edition, see: p.23, plate 32].
For infomation about this maker see the ‘Research’ pages of this website where my article ‘A Family Business: Robert Collier, the master of James Phipps I‘ can be found.
Good. One box retains a [cracked] wax seal impression. One box shows a shadow of the maker’s mark on the plain underside.
Length – 9 cm.; Width – 6 cm.; Depth – 1.50 cm.; Weight of the two boxes – 181.60 gms.
The box without the wax seal weighs 71.10 gms.; the box with the wax seal weighs 110.50 gms.