So - my mother recently gave to me an old solver match box that had been sitting on her mantelpiece for years.
I do think that it holds some family history.(admin edit - see Posting Requirements )
She knows that it is a generation or two old but has no idea of the original owner. I am trying to determine the year that it was made and use that as my first step towards discovering who owned it in the first place!
On the lid of the box there are 2 marks. The first is a Lion and the second is the letter "B". The "B" is in capitals, in a square surround. The corners of the square are slightly "cut" in. I have attached a picture (taken with my phone so it might not be all that clear!)
Once you open the lid, just along the ridge on the inside there are 4 marks.
The first are the letters "RBS". They appear as; capital R, a dot that is centered in the middle, capital B and a super script s.
The second is the same lion as appears on the lid.
The third is a crest. I can only describe it as looking like 3 button mushrooms with a dagger in the center.
The fourth mark is the same B as is on the lid.
Does anybody here have any knowledge as to the meanings of any of these marks?
Any and all help really is much appreciated.