Antique Treen & Other Wooden Bygones

If this item contains incorrect or inappropriate information please contact us here to flag it for review. Preview photo of similar items we have listed this week. In centuries past, tobacco was kept in small boxes, tucked into the pocket of a man’s waistcoat or a daring woman’s gown. These boxes were sometimes elaborately painted, or beautifully lacquered. The best were small works of art. The six tobacco boxes we are offering this week fit firmly into that category. Two are little lacquered gems, and two are painted in the very best early American style. T’s also a wonderful example painted to resemble an engraving, and the earliest box is a hand-engraved brass oval shape dating to the ‘s.

Antique Treen & Other Wooden Bygones

The vessel was part of the last tobacco fleet to sail before American exports stopped during the Revolutionary War. Tobacco was so valuable that Great Britain organized convoys to protect its tobacco ships from Dutch, Spanish, and French raiders. With convoy protection, tobacco ships did not need to sail fast, so shipbuilders gave them bigger holds and greater cargo capacity.

CHINESE ANTIQUE STYLE PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE SOLDIER PAINTING Find this Pin and more on Snuff Bottles by Invaluable. See more dating back to the 20th-century Find this Pin and more on Snuff Bottles by Invaluable. See more Find this Pin and more on Snuff Bottles and Snuff Boxes by Beverly Townes. See more.

You have to appreciate the small things in life. Literally translated it means: There are also two fishes carved on the bottom of the box and it is lined with green felt. Snuff is a smokeless tobacco made from ground or pulverised tobacco leaves. It is inhaled or “snuffed” into the nasal cavity, delivering a swift hit of nicotine and a lasting flavoured scent especially if flavouring has been blended with the tobacco.

Traditionally it is sniffed or inhaled lightly after a pinch of snuff is either placed onto the back surface of the hand, held pinched between thumb and index finger, or held by a specially made “snuffing” device. It originated in the Americas and was in common use in Europe by the 17th century. Traditional snuff production consists of a lengthy, multi-step process, in tobacco snuff mills. The selected tobacco leaves are first subject to special tobacco curing or fermentation processes, where they will later provide the individual characteristics and flavour for each type of snuff blend.

Snuff is usually scented or flavoured, with many blends of snuff requiring months to years of special storage to reach the required maturity. The Dutch, who named the ground powdered tobacco “snuff”, were using the product by By the early s, snuff had become an expensive luxury commodity. In , commercially manufactured snuff made its way to North America by way of John Rolfe, the husband of Pocahontas, who introduced a sweeter Spanish variety of tobacco to North America.

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Tunbridge Ware -Boxes made in the area of Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge in Kent Although synonymous with wood mosaic Tunbridge ware boxes were made long before this technique and style of decoration was arrived at in the s. The woodworkers in the area of Tunbridge Wells were making wooden artifacts even earlier than the seventeenth century when the town became a fashionable Spa resort.

Many early items were turned, but cabinet making was certainly developed to a very high level by the second half of the 18th century when box making flourished. Late eighteenth century boxes are not always easy to identify as Tunbridge Ware, although the predominant use of yew with fruitwood and holly inlays of high quality can be a pointer. It is veneered in harewood with the banding in sycamore. The structure of the box is almost identical to the previous example, which makes me think that they were made in the same workshop, if not by the same hand.

Jun 23,  · Add the enduring desirability of great design and fine craftsmanship, and you have an explanation for the current surge of interest in antique silverware. Everything from snuff boxes .

The forks are a pleasing weight, and very good quality, they have a lovely feel. The forks are engraved with an interesting family crest, a leopards head with an arrow in its mouth, this is unusually engraved on the back of the forks. We welcome any assistance with identification of the family crest. The spoon has the traditional measuring spoon shape, with circular spherical bowl and long flat handle.

The spoon has an interesting triple rat-tail joining the bowl to the handle. The hallmarks are on the front of the spoon, and are well struck, they could not be better. The detail on the sterling lion passant and London town mark leopards head is fantastic, please see the photographs. The butter spade has a bone handle, the blade is shield shaped as opposed to usual triangular shape, The armorial centre cross with 4 crosses is topped with an engraved lion rampant where the blade joins the handle.

The bone handle is connected with a silver ferrule. The hallmarks are well struck and clear. Butter spades are described by Ian Pickford as “quite rare” Silver Flatware pg , we have not seen another armorial example. The forks are finely decorated with flowers, scrolls and acanthus leaves, on a matted hand engraved textured surface, the central portion have a diamond engraved pattern with grooves, to improve grip. The steel prongs are long and elegant, sharp and slightly splayed.

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Lovely plain style and very good weight. Gilt interior and inscription to the inside rim. Weight grams, Height 29 cms to top of lid , Spread across handles 25 cms.

Vinaigrettes reached their peak of popularity during the Regency, and often became incorporated into other objects, like scent bottles, snuff boxes, and jewelry. I have a .

Typical examples include a genuinely old and hallmarked base married to a later and less valuable handle, or vice versa. These can be very skilfully executed and, until you gain experience from looking at and handling silver, marriages are difficult to spot. Decorative embellishments Engraved armorials, initials or dedications add provenance to a piece and almost invariably add value.

But watch out for later additions deliberately designed to enhance the price. These can be difficult to detect, but may appear more brilliantly sharp especially under magnification compared to any original decoration on a piece. Also note that original decorations such as this were sometimes erased or replaced as fashions changed, and this will also detract from value.

Telltale signs include a patch or thin section where the silver has been worn away. Leading British makers It’s an old adage that fashions come and go, but quality pieces retain their value throughout. This is particularly true if they are by a leading designer or maker. Some desirable British makers include: Hester Bateman active One of the most successful of London’s silver workshops in the late 18th century.

Best known for tea and coffee pots, spoons, and other domestic wares. Matthew Boulton and John Fothergill founded a Birmingham factory in which traded until the mid th century.

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Leave a comment We are celebrating the craftsmanship of William Hogarth born on this day in 10th November. Hogarth was born to Richard Hogarth, a schoolmaster and Anne Gibbons who came from a working class background. Courtesy of The British Museum. Ellis Gamble was a gold and silversmith who was in partnership with silversmith Paul de Lamerie from Hogarth started by mainly engraving trade cards, however he never finished his apprenticeship but continued to experiment with engraving as an independent engraver for copper plates.

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Vinaigrettes Figure 1 Click on images to see larger versions and to read more detail about the individual vinaigrettes. We often read about overwrought ladies reaching for their vinaigrettes, or of stalwart heroes reviving a swooning damsel by waving a vinaigrette beneath her nose. Hackneyed as these scenes may sound, they ring quite true in an historical context. Vinaigrettes, popular from the late 18th century through the mid th century, were small containers used for holding various aromatic substances, usually dissolved in vinegar.

A tiny piece of sponge, soaked in the liquid, was contained beneath a grill or perforated cover. By far the most common form of vinaigrette during the Regency was the sterling silver box, and that is the only type represented in this collection.


To trace the history of Naples Porcelain you have to look at the origin of Capodimonte Porcelain, the wares and the crowned N mark and periods. And; how production of Capodimonte Porcelain Figurines and floral displays dates back to the early eighteenth century and to the Kingdom of Naples. Charles was coronated King of Naples and Sicily on August 3rd. His desire was to create a porcelain manufactory of a quality comparable with the electors factory in Saxony, and whose methods and ingredients were only known by the chemist Bottger Charles initially allocated a small building in the Royal Palace to be dedicated to porcelain production under the direction of Giovanni Caselli and the chemist Livio Ottavio Schepers, who had originally worked at the Neapolitan Mint.

In spite of many efforts, including underhand methods, the formula remained a mystery and after many investigations Charles finally concluded that the conditions in his little building were not suitable for porcelain production, there being insufficient space for the ovens and driers.

An antique Japanese hair ornament in silver with gilt detail. The piece depicts a crane, flowers and other hanging floral inspired details. The piece was made for the Oiran, the highest class of .

Porcelain snuff boxes a good deal By Susan and Jim Harran For those looking to put together an interesting collection, consider porcelain boxes made in Germany. The variety is endless and there is a collection available for any budget. Advanced collectors look for top quality, rare Meissen or KPM boxes. In the 18th century, Meissen produced some of the best snuff boxes ever made. During the Victorian period, an endless amount of interesting trinket boxes were exported to the United States and many are reasonably priced.

Novelty elfinware boxes were made in the early 20th century and attract many collectors today.

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Hopefully this guide will give you some tips on how to value your specific box. Feel free to email us directly to ask any questions. The era of the Russian snuff box really begins in when Peter the Great imported goldsmiths from countries in Western Europe to come work for him personally.

By the mids ready-made snuffs were available, and habitual snuff-takers were “taking a pinch” several times an hour. Snuff boxes, like these dating from to .

This was a custom order, Handmade in France. This Box might have been used for ‘Opium’. Cleverly designed so that it can be Carried or with the Silver Clasp, worn with the ‘Chain’. Probably intended to be worn with a Chain, your Choice. However and whatever works for you, you may decide, it is truly an extraordinary ‘Work of Art’. The neck chain is fitted with a sterling silver spring ring clasp that is functioning properly and securely.

Hallmarked, clearly by the Silversmith both on the inside of the Top and the Bottom. Both practical and Decorative as well as a collectible investment in antique sterling silver I would describe it as ‘utilitarian’. The Box and Clasp are inset with 3 Rubies. Diameter about 3,8 cm, Depth about.

Antique English Brass Snuff Box – Bellows c.1880

Chinese Export Lacquer This period is often referred to as the Regency period. George the fourth came of age in became Regent in , King in and died in The whole of the early nineteenth century period has a distinctive stylistic flavour often indulged in, encouraged and promoted by the prince later to become the king.

By the last decades of the 18th century the philosophical, stylistic and financial certainties of the mid eighteenth century were already undermined by exposure to different cultures.

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April 19, – September 30, Behold the child, by Nature’s kindly law, Pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw, Some livelier plaything gives his youth delight Alexander Pope, Essay On Man The word “toys” as we use it today, meaning exclusively playthings for children, was not in common use until the nineteenth century. Up to this time and even into the early s the word “toy” was used to describe anything from an adult bauble of little or no value, a trifle, to a costly miniature such as a piece of silver furniture made by the finest silversmith of the day.

Archaeological evidence suggests they were the same kinds of things today’s children use in play. Centuries ago, Roman, Babylonian, Greek and Egyptian children had balls, rattles,dolls, toy animals, hoops, kites, marbles, stilts and tops. Some had dominoes and checkers. Estimated to be over 2, years old, it is shaped like a cow, with some stones inside. Other toys from this same time period have been found:

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Portable boxes for writing materials had existed for many centuries and in many cultures. However it was not until the last decades of the 18th century that the socio-economic circumstances in England necessitated the wide use of a portable desk in the form of a box which could be used on a table or on one’s lap. Although quality, ornament and form did play an important part in its selection as a personal item, it is the purpose for which it was used which gave prominence to the writing box, at a time of expanding intellectual curiosity, communication, literacy and increased commercial activity.

The writing box was an item of style and fashion yes, but it was also an item connected with intelligence, commerce and world awareness. From the end of the 18th, to the end of the 19th century, the writing box featured prominently on military expeditions, travels, libraries and in drawing rooms. Great literature as well as dispatches, contracts, letters and postcards were written on its sloping surface.

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Tibetan Antique Wooden Furniture In ancient Tibet, widespread use of wooden furniture was less famous as it was restricted openly in monasteries so Tibetan peoples commonly. The next is less density of Tibetans and after China invaded Tibet number of artists run away either Nepal or in India. Tibet had number of people belonging art work. To paint artwork even in wooden was highly recommended like as in Thangka Paintings. After the China invaded Tibet Nepal become even more popular in art and culture.

The very important note is that the Tibet border is close to Kathmandu valley as well. Tibetan Furniture is primarily made from pine and other Himalayan soft woods. They are known for the various designs and motifs painted on the surface and the carved decoration that make them unique. They are typically decorated with images of dities, animals, flowers and vines of mystical beasts like dragons and religious symbols. Other scenes depicted are pastoral events, animal round ups or a number of house pastoral events, animal round ups, or number of horses galloping across a grassy knoll pictures.

Masonic Silver Snuff Box Hand Engraved by Shaun Hughes