c1700 Huguenot Silver Armorial Snuff Box

£1,500.00




An unusual armorial silver snuffbox, possibly of Huguenot origin, dating from the late 17th or early 18th century.

Bordered with scrolling patterns and pineapples, the shield shows Hercules and a fish. At the top of the crest, a stag stands in the shade of a palm tree. The latin motto reads: ‘Reliquice Pristanae Fortunae’, translating loosely to ‘the remnants of former fortunes.’

A miss-stamped maker’s mark can be seen on the inside of the box. The gilding is in excellent condition, the silver is clean, but has a few areas of light pitting.

Size: 8 x 6 x 1.5cm (3⅛ x 2⅔ x ⅔”)
Weight: 96g