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    Sale 5265

    Selected Silver & Russian Works of Art

    30 November 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 45

    RAILWAY INTEREST:- AN EARLY VICTORIAN SILVER TABLE SNUFF BOX,

    MARK OF NATHANIEL MILLS, BIRMINGHAM, 1837,

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    RAILWAY INTEREST:- AN EARLY VICTORIAN SILVER TABLE SNUFF BOX,
    MARK OF NATHANIEL MILLS, BIRMINGHAM, 1837,
    Oblong with raised, engine-turned border & shell corners, floral-chased sides with engine-turned panels & base, cover decorated in high relief with a roundhouse or engine shed & two large chimneys behind, gilt interior inscribed "To Francis Forster Esqr. Assistant Engineer on The London & Birmingham Railway, presented by the whole of his assistantson the Coventry District & Kilsby Tunnel, as a tribute of their sincere respect for his talents as an Engineer & affectionate esteem for his character as a man, May 19. 1838, Lieut.Lecount R.N., I.Brunton, W.Budge, C.Lean, R.B.Dockray, A.Fowler, B.L.Dickenson, W.Carter, W.Harding, I.A.Wilson, S.Meek, P.Bourne, M.Montealegre", 4 in. long (10.3 cm.), 9 oz.


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    Post Lot Text

    The scene on this box is a speculative view of the engine shed at Camden where there was also a a winding engine, hence the two large chimneys. From its installation in 1837 until 1844 the winding engine hauled or assisted trains up the gradient out of Euston & apart from the Euston Arch, the Camden Chimneys were the most striking feature of the Euston to Boxmoor line which opened on 20th July, 1837. The Kilsby Tunnel was situated south-east of Rugby & featured in the series of lithographs by J.C.Bourne.
    We are indebted to David Wright, Curator of Collections at the National Railway Museum, York, for his help in this footnote.