Who is the maker and what was it for?

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Who is the maker and what was it for?

Postby juantotree » Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:55 am

Hi

This is a silver mounted nut, approximately 6 x 6cms, it is marked under its hinged lid with a maker's mark only, similar to that of Isaac Davenport but not exactly the same. Does anybody have any idea who the maker is and what it may have been used for?

Many Thanks
Martin

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Re: Who is the maker and what was it for?

Postby AG2012 » Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:16 am

Hi,
At that dimensions it is a snuff box.
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Re: Who is the maker and what was it for?

Postby juantotree » Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:02 am

Thank you for your response. If it was used as a snuff box, you would have to pour the snuff out as the opening in the lid is far to narrow to take a pinch with your fingers.

Martin

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Re: Who is the maker and what was it for?

Postby AG2012 » Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:54 am

Not necessarily pinched,compare with e.g Chinese snuff bottles.
The usual place for snuff was between two extensor tendons at the base of the thumb,thus the origin of the name anatomical snuff box.
Snuff was placed there either by two fingers (pinch), poured in or even a small spoon was used.
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Re: Who is the maker and what was it for?

Postby juantotree » Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:00 am

Thank you AG2012, I think I am going to struggle identifying the maker, it is possibly provincial and also difficult to age, but it does have an early look about it.

Martin


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