Superb antique 187 year old Georgian sterling silver snuff box - made by Edward Smith in Birmingham 1832

Superb antique 187 year old Georgian sterling silver snuff box - made by Edward Smith in Birmingham 1832


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A stunning Georgian sterling silver Snuff box in amazing condition for something that’s 187 years old

Fully hallmarked for Birmingham 1832 and has the makers mark of Edward Smith

Engraved with the name of James Ryals, Sheffield Silversmiths & Cutlery maker and has his company trademark of a heart above a diamond engraved next to his name

The James Ryals company is a very old established firm that probably traces back its origins to Joshua Ryals who was listed as a 'Table knife cutler', Brinsworth's Orchard, Sheffield, in 'Sketchley's Sheffield Directory' of 1774.

James Ryals, Solly Street, Sheffield, is listed as 'Table knife etc. manufacturers', in the 'Goldsmiths', Jewellers', Silversmiths', Watchmakers', Opticians', and Cutlers' Directory' of 1863.

It appears sometime around 1875 he expanded his operations and moved to the 'Era Works', Sheffield and is entered in 'White's Hardware Trade Marks' of 1892, his Trade Mark is listed as a Heart above a Diamond.

In 1919 he is listed as James Ryals & Bros. in Register of the Trade Marks of the Cutlers Co. of Sheffield'.

The snuff box measures 69 x 38 x 17mm and weighs a heavy 69gms

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