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GEORGE I SILVER-MOUNTED ARMORIAL TIGER COWRIE SHELL SNUFF BOX

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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George I Silver-Mounted Tiger Cowrie Shell Snuff Box, Arms Ashley, c1720 

 

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