Very rarely seen York Silver box with the town mark from the 18th century.
Rare York Silver Table Sized box with Town Mark c1780
Very rare silver table sized box made by John Hampston and John Prince between 1780 and 1784. The base of the box bears a clear crisp set of hallmarks including the rare York town mark of the 5 lions passant. The lid bears the makers mark, the York leopard, and sterling mark.
On opening the box it is divided into two separate compartments and may have been used as a card or gaming box.
The lid also has a vacant cartouche which may have been applied after the box was made but has been part of the box for a very long time. The inside of the box has been gilded.
The box does not bear a date letter but the particular makers mark on this box was registered between 1780 and 1784.
The box measures 16cms wide by 7 cms high by 9.5 cms deep from front to back. It weighs 394 Grams
The box is an antique and as such has a few bruises, surface scratches which gives it a lovely antique patina in line with its age and usage, and has not been over polished. On the underside of the lid near the hallmark there appears to have been an old repair possibly in applying the cartouche to the front or perhaps the reason for the cartouche. Overall the box is a lovely sound item, the photographs don't do it justice.