An exquisite Antique, Early Victorian, English Silver Presentation Snuff Box made by the highly regarded maker, Nathaniel Mills, Birmingham.
The box is hallmarked on the inside, the lid having the Monarch's Head duty mark (Queen Victoria), the maker's mark "N.M" and the Lion Passant Silver Mark. The base having the maker's mark "N.M", the Monarch's Head and the Lion Passant, alongside the Birmingham town mark and date letter "x" for 1846/47.
There is a very nice Railway Interest Presentation Inscription inside the lid of the box, presented to Colonel Sir Eric Gore Browne DSO (1885 - 1964) hogmanay, 31 December 1947 (see photos), 100 years after the box was made.
The inscription reads as follows:
To Col. Eric Gore Browne DSO, Chairman Southern Railway Company, from his Officers, 31st December 1947.
The lid of the box has a very nice engraving depicting the Coat of Arms of the Southern Railway Company.
Colonel Sir Eric Gore Browne (1885-1964) was a soldier, businessman and banker.During the First World War Gore Browne was called to active duty, arriving in France with his battalion on 13 March 1915. He served throughout the war in various staff posts, and rose to the rank of brevet major. He was mentioned in despatches and won the French Croix de Guerre and the Distinguished Service Order. He also served in World War II.
There is a portrait of him in the National Portrait Gallery.
The box is in excellent condition.
It measures approximately 86mm x 57mm x 22mm. The weight is 118.1g/4.16oz/3.79ozt.
Price £895 €1004.64 $1143.63