A Late Nineteenth Century Engraved Silver Box


An engaging and personal little silver treasure, of rectangular form, engraved all over with vines, leaves and scrolls. At the centre of one side is a cartouche engraved with the monogram "J E A". The case has spring-loaded hinges and is opened by a button at the top. Around the button is a metal loop for attaching to a chain, which is hallmarked with a lion, indicating sterling silver. There is no date or maker's mark found on the box. Similar in size to a vesta case, or a matchbox, this little box could have been used as a locket, to hold treasured items such as a lock of hair, a small likeness of someone, or a miniature bible perhaps. Whatever the original function, this little charm would be ideal for anyone who loves beautiful small things.