An early 19th century base metal trick-opening Snuff Box.
An interesting nickel alloy or Paktong trick-opening Snuffbox, circa 1840, copying a late 17th century form, the interior stuck with a maker’s mark ‘WH’ and the name ‘W. Howe’ together with two crude pseudo lion passant marks. The outside of the box is engraved with script initials and, on the base, with a view of two donkeys in adjacent fields and the motto ‘When Shall We Three Meet Again?‘. The box has a false button catch at the front and opens with a concealed catch attached to an interior spring.
Some wear to surface but overall fairly good condition.
Length – 6.30 cm.; Width – 5.20 cm.; Depth – 1.90 cm.; Weight – 64.30 gms.