They were popular in the Victorian period and represented the sign of a Gentleperson. The Castle Top card case is highly sort after and when the maker is Nathaniel Mills it is as good as it gets. This piece has has embossed on its cover a view of the Scott Memorial -Edinburgh.
It is surrounded by a scrolling design. The back has a similar scrolling design around a cartouche which is engraved A McIntyre. The scrolling design extends to the long edges.
This is a quality piece. The piece is 9 cm long and is 1.6 oz. It is worth saying from the outset that the condition of antiques are always described relative to their age. The item being reporting here is 176 years old. Antiques were used as everyday items and will have been cleaned hundreds of times throughout their life.It is impossible not to have collected a few knocks and scratches. Indeed, they add to the character of the piece. This piece is in excellent condition for its age. There is no sign of excessive wear or dings.
The hinge is working perfectly and the lid closes tightly. The maker is the most sort after of English box makers - Nathaniel Mills. Registered his mark as a silversmith in 1803. His first venture was a partnership Mills and Langston. He registered his own mark later.It was his son Nathaniel Mills Jnr. He was not afraid to adopt new techniques to the industry, including stamping, casting and engine turning. His most famous pieces are snuff boxes, vinaigrettes and card cases. The piece is hallmark on the inside of the lid closing with the Birmingham Assay Office Anchor , Lion passant, Queens duty mark, makers mark and date letter for 1844. The item "Victorian Silver Castle Top Card Case Scott Memorial Nathaniel Mills 1844" is in sale since Tuesday, January 28, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Card Cases".
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