Antique Victorian Silver Plated WMF Shell Folding Biscuit Box C1900
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This is a truly wonderful antique silver plated biscuit box. Dating from around 1900 it bears the makers mark for the renowned silversmith WMF and has a plain shell-style body sitting in a cast frame with the original hand-pierced dividers.
The opening mechanism is as intricate as the shell decoration and it opens out into two halves which are held shut by two exquisite clasps at the top. The interior is engraved “W.A.M. from D.W.M.” It’s a delightful silver plated item 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.
To View this Antique Silver Plated Biscuit Box
It's a pretty good idea to view silver antiques in-person. Considering this please try to travel to our North London salesroom to see and inspect this antique silver plated biscuit box, alongside our extended array of other silver collectibles that we have available. If you aim to make a special trip to see this merchandise, please call first to confirm that this antique silver plated biscuit box is still available to you and has not been sold. Remember to be sure to give us the item reference number found above when getting in touch so we can identify which of our many objects you are referring to.
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Shipping, Delivery and Returns
You are considering a superb silver antique. It requires skillful packing and transport so that it gets to your location securely and safely. We can ship this antique silver plated biscuit box to practically any place worldwide and we will be completely happy to handle the wrapping for you, but kindly do call or email for a transportation price first, before trying to buy this antique silver plated biscuit box so that we can fully meet your delivery requirements. We ship completely at zero cost to any mainland UK address.
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Some Guidelines on Shopping For Antique, Vintage and Second-Hand Silver
Buying antique and second-hand silver is a extensive subject which involves craftsmanship by some of the most distinguished master goldsmiths who were globally renowned artists in their own right down to the most functional and ordinary of machine-made ordinary household wares. In wondering about purchasing this antique silver plated biscuit box we are glad to supply a few recommendations that can assist you resolve on the thing that is ideal for you.
Highly cherished for hundreds and hundreds of years, silver has distinct qualities that have made it both gorgeous and collectible and as a consequence folk have accumulated and used it in a wide variety of different forms. There is a wide amount of antique, vintage and second-hand silver out there available today. So how do you know what to pick?
The most important rule of thumb is that you will want to invest in what you like. Give some consideration to how come you like this antique silver plated biscuit box and if it speaks to your artistic sense then why hesitate? Gurus always say that you should buy the very best you can afford, and this does not actually mean the earliest or indeed the largest. Do take your time to understand the makers and the designs that charm you and this will help you recognize the path you need to take to build up a incredible silver collection. If you cherish a particular piece of silver such as this antique silver plated biscuit box you will want to display it to friends and family and your joy will pass to them too.
A key matter is the condition of a silver item and how much restoration work has been done. When selecting silver antiques that are over 200 years old they will probably have what is called a 'patina' which is a combination of the colour and the wear. You cannot expect an old silver item to appear as if it just emerged from the workshop - if it does then it has more than likely been greatly restored which is not a good thing for an item of antique silver.
Think about that in the silver antiques world a touch of restoration is appropriate where a small ding or dent may be very carefully eliminated. But beware of over plating, lead or silver solder, repaired seams, holes, erased inscriptions, patches and later additions or decorations. All of these are not acceptable for a piece of fine antique silver. Happily here at Regent Antiques we are cautious and offer you only the finest unblemished silver pieces and where something like re-plating has taken place we will inform you. We always include ample photographs of our silver objects so you can see fully what condition they are in. Do take a few minutes to look at the photos for this antique silver plated biscuit box to assure yourself of its condition. If you have any questions 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 antique silver plated biscuit box.
Be aware that silver tarnishes and you will have to look after it by polishing it fairly frequently. It's a good plan to clean it with a long term polish and then then try to showcase it in a relatively airtight cupboard if you can. This will keep it gleaming for the greatest possible time. If you look after it well this antique silver plated biscuit box will practically last forever.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 27 x Width 24 x Depth 15
Dimensions in inches:
Height 11 inches x Width 9 inches x Depth 6 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.
Our reference: 08796
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