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Antique Sterling Silver Novelty Box by Asprey's 1909

Antique Sterling Silver Novelty Box by Asprey\ Sold
Ref: 07473
Price: £ 0.00
From a major maker requiring little or no introduction, this is a rare and very attractive antique Edwardian English sterling...

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From a major maker requiring little or no introduction, this is a rare and very attractive antique Edwardian English sterling silver stamp or small jewel box that is sure to find a place in the collection of an enthusiast before very long.

The sterling silver novelty box bears hallmarks for London 1909 as well as the makers mark of the world renowned retailer and silversmith, Asprey's of Bond Street, London together with the relevant patent registration reference which is RD549313.

There can be few retail brands as important and iconic as Aspreys of Bond Street. Since their formation in 1781 by William Asprey this firm has grown in both size and stature and have occupied the same bond Street premises since 1847 - still trading there to this day.

The Aspreys silver novelty box is made to depict a serpentine commode and has two lift up hinged tiers, and a gilt interior. It stands on delightful square legs and is just two inches in height.

As you would expect with a piece from such a well respected manufacturer as Aspreys, the quality and craftsmanship are superb.

The hallmarks and makers marks can be clearly seen in the photographs that are provided with this listing and we urge you to examine these carefully, along with all the other images, in order to satisfy yourself as to the quality and excellent condition of this lovely Asprey sterling silver box. There are no signs of any damage to the piece, it is in excellent condition with clear hallmarks and no dings, dents or signs of repair.

To View This Antique Aspreys Sterling Silver Novelty Box

We always recommend that prospective purchasers of any antique silver piece should inspect the item that they are considering investing in personally if they possibly can and we recommend that you pay a visit to our north London showroom in order to see this fine silver mirror for yourself. Whilst you are in the showroom you will also be able to view many other items of antique silverware, tableware, cutlery and other sterling silver items.

It is advisable however, if you do intend to make a journey specifically to see this antique sterling silver novelty box to contact us before your visit in order to confirm that it is still available as it may have already have been reserved or sold. Please quote the item’s unique reference number, as shown above, when contacting us so that we know which of our many pieces you wish to discuss with us.

Regent Antiques – London Showroom Opening Hours

To view in person you are invited to visit our north London showroom which is open to the public on Monday to Friday between the hours of 10am and 5pm for you to view and inspect this silver box by Aspreys of Bond Street. We also open occasionally on Saturdays but you are advised to contact us before making a journey on a Saturday as we do not open every week and would not want you to have a wasted trip.

If You Would Like More Information

To discover more about this lovely antique silver jewellery box or novelty box and to ask any questions that you might have about this or any other item we are offering for sale, please contact us and talk to our in-house antiques experts by calling the number as shown above or by email if you prefer. When contacting us please have to hand the item reference, also shown above, so we can be sure about which item you are interested in.

Shipping, Delivery and Returns

This is a very much sought after and collectable item and we want it to reach you in the same, excellent condition that it leaves us in. It will require expert packing and transportation in order to ship it safely to your address. We can deliver this sterling silver stamp box to almost any location across the world and we will of course arrange the packing for you. However, before purchasing, please contact us for a shipping quotation so that we can fully understand and address your requirements. Please note that we deliver free of charge to mainland UK destinations.

If you are not satisfied with the item you receive, we offer a 14-day money back guarantee in accordance with the Distance Selling Regulations. You will be responsible for the return shipping fees for this sterling silver novelty box by Aspreys of bond Street unless we have inaccurately described it in some way and you do not receive the item as described. You must return the article in its original packaging and condition.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 4.5 x Width 6 x Depth 4.5

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 inches x Width 2 inches x Depth 2 inches

Our reference: 07473

Asprey was established in England in  1781 and founded as a silk printing business by William Asprey, it soon became a luxury emporium. In 1841, William Asprey's elder son Charles went into partnership with a stationer located on London's Bond Street. In 1847 the family broke with this partner and moved into 167 New Bond Street, the premises Asprey occupies today.

From its central London location Asprey advertised 'articles of exclusive design and high quality, whether for personal adornment or personal accompaniment and to endow with richness and beauty the table and homes of people of refinement and discernment.' An early speciality was dressing cases. Asprey crafted traditional cases and designs, mostly in leather, suitable for the new style of travel ushered in by railways. The main competitors at the time were H.J. Cave & Sons. Asprey was recognised for its expertise when it won a gold medal for its dressing cases at the International Exhibition of 1862 but lost out to its rivals, H.J. Cave & Sons in 1867.

The company consolidated its position through acquisitions. In 1859 Asprey absorbed Edwards, an award winning maker of dressing cases and holder of a Royal Warrant. The company also purchased the Alfred Club at 22 Albemarle Street, which backed on to the New Bond Street store and meant that Asprey now had entrances on two of London's most fashionable streets.

In 1862, Asprey was granted a Royal Warrant by Queen Victoria. The Prince of Wales, later to be crowned Edward VII, granted another Royal Warrant. In 1953, for the coronation of Elizabeth II, Asprey paid homage with the Asprey Coronation Year Gold Collection, which featured a dessert, coffee and liqueur service in 18-carat gold and weighed almost 27 pounds. In April 1953, it went on show in the New Bond Street store and subsequently toured the United States.

As the business grew, the company acquired manufacturing facilities and hired silversmithsgoldsmithsjewellers and watchmakers including Ernest Betjeman, the father of the distinguished poet John Betjeman, one of the most highly regarded craftsman and designers of his day.

In the twenties, commissions poured in from around the world, from American millionaire J. Pierpont Morgan to potentates such as the Maharaja of Patiala, who commissioned a huge teak travelling trunk for each of his wives in which each trunk was fitted with solid silver washing and bathing utensils with waterspouts of ornate tiger head and lined with blue velvet. Asprey cigarette cases became collectable amongst young sophisticates who delighted in its other modern products, including travel clocks, safety razors and automatic pencil sharpeners.

Asprey Jewellery    
Asprey has a tradition of producing jewellery inspired by the blooms found in English gardens. Over the decades jewelled interpretations of flowers have evolved to include the Crown Daisy, Rose, Calla Lily and Lily Pad collections. The master diamond cutter Gabi Tolkowsky created the Asprey cut. The cushion cut gave Tolkowsky options for incorporating the Asprey "A" inscription around the edges of the stone. The result was the 61-facet Asprey cut, maximising light refraction to brilliant effect. The shape of the Asprey cut means that the cutting process can be done only by hand, unlike many other stones that involve machine cutting.

Asprey Leather  - the women's collection of clutches and handbags, such as those featured in the 1781 collection, come from crocodile, python and ostrich. The men's collection includes wallets, cardholders and travel watch cases crafted from lido, calf or alligator. Other items include the briefcases and backgammon boards.

Asprey Silver   -  offers classic and whimsical contemporary silver pieces – such as the saltcellar fashioned to look like a cement mixer or the wheel barrow salt holder with accompanying shovel spoon. Asprey also produce children's gifts, including tooth boxes, picture frames and rattles.

Other Asprey products include books, trophies and Asprey Polo. 

Dimensions in cm:

Height 4.5 x Width 6 x Depth 4.5

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 inches x Width 2 inches x Depth 2 inches


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Delivery and return policy:

We require that someone be home on the agreed delivery day if applicable, otherwise a redelivery fee will apply.

In accordance with Distance Selling Regulations, we offer a 14-day money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with the item.

The item must be returned in its original packaging and condition.

Unless the item is not as described in a material way, the buyer is responsible for return shipping expenses.

Buyers are fully responsible for any customs duties or local taxes that may be incurred on items sent outside of the European Union.

Returns will be processed within 1-2 business days of receipt.

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