England, c1720, Arms of Ashley of Ahsby Ledgers


George I Silve-Mounted Cowrie Shell Snuff Box, Arms of Ashley or Ashby Ledgers   George I Silve-Mounted Cowrie Shell Snuff Box, Arms of Ashley, shell base


The ovoid shell with silver mounts and having a slightly domed silver cover

engraved with the coat of arms of *Ashley of Ashby Ledgers (Ashby St. Legers), Northamptonshire :
the baroque cartouche incorporating scrolls, "amorini" (winged putti), fish-scales,
a pair of stylized eagle heads and a be-ribboned portrait miniature
the interior gilt; unmarked


Provenance & Literature (see illustrations below) :

"The Albert Collection", Robin Butler, Coll. no. 381, p. 34
"British Silver Boxes, 1640-1840, The Lion Collection", John Culme, Coll. no.1 12, pictured p. 116,
which denotes further provenance as Partridge Fine Arts Ltd., London 1994


Conditon : Excellen; one original flaw to shell; the hinge slightly loose


* "The Ashley family descended from Isaac Ashley of Great Broughton, Cumberland. Joseph Ashley,

a London draper, purchased the Ashby St. Ledgers estate from Esther Ianson in 1703.

His nephew, also Joseph Ashley, was Sheriff of Northamptonshire in 1788.

The eventual co-heirs were the latter's two daughters, Mrs. Jane Gaitskell and Mrs. Mary Senhouse.

(Burke's General Armory)"

("British Silver Boxes 1640-1840 : The Lion Collection)


2-7/8" Long






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From "The Albert Collection", Robin Bulter (2004), Coll. no. 381, p. 34




From "British Silver Boxes, 1640-1840, The Lion Collection", John Culme (2015), Coll. no.112, p. 116







Also See :


Three Fine Shell Snuff Boxes with Literature


"Three Fine Shell Snuff Boxes, c1720-45, Each With Literature"





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