5 June 2007
A GEORGE III GOLD SNUFF-B0X
by J. Horne & D. S. Ash (fl. 1800 - c. 1807), marked, struck with the English duty mark for gold 1798-1821, the London assay office mark 1756-1821, London date letter 'M' for May 1807 - May 1808, the English post-1798 standard mark for 18-carat gold, and the English standard mark for 18-carat gold 1798-1974
Shaped box with lobed ends, the hinged cover chased with a scene depicting Perseus attended by Cupid while rescuing Andromeda from the sea-monster, on a frosted ground, surrounded by rocaille scrolls, a fish, hound, bird, and dragon in the four corners representing the four elements, reeded border, framed by outer border simulating snakeskin, frosted gold sides and base simulating suede, slightly raised thumpiece with c-scrolls, the inside of the lid engraved 'Major Thos. Christr. Gardner From THE OFFICERS of the 95.TH REG.T As a mark of their Esteem and Regard.'; oval hinged green morocco case gold-stamped with Garrard's address
3 5/8 in. (92 mm.) wide
6½ oz. (188 gr.) (2)
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