c1700 Huguenot Silver Armorial Snuff Box


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