Of deep circular form with fold-in buckle shaped handle to the side,
the cover with a bright cut border and disguised integral hinge,
the half-crescent swivel-action wick trimmer engraved with two intertwining roses,
the case upper rim, base, and verso with further bright cut borders
"Bougie" is French for candle,
and so named by the French for an Algerian city known for trading in candle wax.
Their use dates from the early 18th century on the Continent and the mid-18th century in England.
These small cylindrical boxes held wax-taper coils,
the cover having a small hole through which the coiled taper could emerge for lighting.
In England, the bougie box became a piece of desk equipment, similar to the wax jack,
for lighting heating sealing wax.
They were more practical than the wax jack for traveling –
thus often doubling as a source for lighting.
Bougie boxes were usually made from more precious materials than wax jacks –
therefore favored more only by the wealthy.
Susanna Barker (working 1779-1793) is known to have made a number of quite fine bougie boxes.
Condition : Excellent with wear appropriate to age and usage;
a small shallow dent body at foot; clear marks to base and cover interior; side with lion passant
1-15/16" Diameter / 1.7 oz.