An early 18th century silver-gilt and pearl Snuffbox.
An early 18th century unmarked silver-gilt and mother of pearl Snuffbox, circa 1730. The lid of the box carved with a coat-of-arms for the Meers family of Kirton, Lincolnshire. The interior of the lid engraved with a scene of ships in a storm.
The box contains manuscript provenance for the descent of its ownership from Sir Thomas Meers, who died in 1715. In fact the owner must have been his son, Sir John Meers, Kt., member of Parliament for Lincoln, who died in 1735. The box descended to the Monson family.
Minor wear to the detail of the lid carving, otherwise very good.
Width – 8.80 cm.; Depth – 6.70 cm.; Height – 1.90 cm.; Weight – 108.20 gms.