Antique Victorian Silver Plated Shell Folding Biscuit Box C1880
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This is a truly wonderful antique silver plated biscuit box. Dating from around 1880 it has a plain shell-style body sitting in a cast frame with the original interior hand-pierced dividers.
The biscuit barrel shell-shaped body opens out into two halves which are held shut by two lovely clasps at the top. The stand is intricately styled to resemble twigs. It’s a delightful silver plated collectible which could be used to store any small items including sweets or trinkets.
It is in excellent condition as can be seen from the photographs in our photo gallery.
Seeing This Silver Plated Biscuit Box in Person
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Transportation, Delivery and Returns
You are considering a high-quality piece of silver. It will need expert packing and shipping so that it gets to your place securely and safely. We can send this silver plated biscuit box to practically any destination worldwide and we will be happy to look after the packing for you, but kindly do call or email for a transportation price first, before buying this silver plated biscuit box so that we can fully meet your shipping preferences. We ship entirely without charge to any mainland UK address.
If you are not comfortable with the article, we offer a 14-day money back pledge in compliance with the Distance Selling Regulations. You will be responsible for the return shipping fees for this silver plated biscuit box, unless we have inaccurately explained the product in some crucial way and you do not obtain the product as explained. You must return the item in its original packaging and state.
You are also responsible for any customs duties or local taxes that fall due outside the European Union for the shipping of this silver plated biscuit box.
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Highly revered for hundreds and hundreds of years, silver has distinct attributes that have made it both enchanting and valuable and as a consequence many people have acquired and made use of it in a wide variety of ways. There is a huge amount of antique, vintage and second-hand silver available available today. So how do you know what to decide on?
The general guideline is that you must purchase what you actually like. Give some consideration to the reason you like this silver plated biscuit box and if it speaks to your aesthetic feeling then why hesitate to buy it? Experts always say that you should go for the very best you can afford, but this does not actually mean the oldest or indeed the largest silver item. Do make the effort to learn about the makers and the designs that charm you and this will assist you establish the direction you need to go to build up an amazing personal silver collection. If you have a passion for a particular piece of silver such as this silver plated biscuit box you will want to display it to friends and family and your satisfaction will translate to them too.
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Think about that in the silver antiques world a small amount of restoration is appropriate where a small ding or dent may be meticulously eliminated. But be weary of over plating, lead or silver solder, repaired seams, holes, erased inscriptions, patches and later enhancements or adornments. All of these are unacceptable for a piece of great antique silver. Thankfully here at Regent Antiques we are attentive and offer only the finest unblemished silver pieces and if things like re-plating has been done we will tell you. We always include ample pictures of our silver pieces so you can see accurately what condition they are in. Do take a couple of minutes to look at the pictures for this silver plated biscuit box to assure yourself of its condition. If you have any uncertainties about it you are always very welcome to call or email us. We will be delighted to put your mind at rest about the condition of this silver plated biscuit box.
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Dimensions in cm:
Height 22 x Width 23 x Depth 14
Dimensions in inches:
Height 9 inches x Width 9 inches x Depth 5 inches
Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)
was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.
While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.
Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.
The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).
is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.
The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.
It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.
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