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An exceptionally fine Queen Anne Britannia Standard Armorial Tobacco Box made in London in 1709 by Edward Cornock.


The Box is of typical oval form with a reeded edge on the base. This example has a pull-off cover displaying some of the finest engraving which we have seen on a box of this date. The cover displays a contemporary Armorial, with Crest above, issuing from a Head in Armour. The Arms and Crest are surrounded by a beautifully executed cartouche of foliate mantling and shells. The box is in quite excellent condition and is fully marked on the side of the base and with the maker's mark and sterling mark on the cover. The box has a very good colour and crisp engraving. Edward Cornock was a quality silversmith who specialised in the production of such boxes. He was apprentice to Henry Grant until 1708, when his first mark was entered. He had workshops in Carey Lane, when this box was made. Due to its rarity and quality, this box was contained within the World famous 'Lion Collection' of British Silver Boxes 1640-1840. It is illustrated on page 92, of the catalogue of the collection.


- Property of the late Colonel S.J.L Hardie, Sotheby's, London, 4th December, 1969 - Lot 223.
- The Lion Collection of Boxes 2003-2018.

Length: 3.75 inches, 9.37cm.
Width: 3 inches, 7.5cm.
Height: 1 inch, 2.5cm.
Weight: 5oz.