Item: Snuff Box Description: Wavy rectangular;
foliate & shell engraved decoration with gilt interior Hallmark: Birmingham
1840 by Edward Smith Dimensions: 99mm (w) x 80mm (d) x 25mm (h);
Comments: A large and hefty, top
quality table snuff box with an interesting engraved presentation
inscription. To the top of the cover it states:- " FROM F. SITWELL
ESQ. OF BARMOOR CASTLE NORTHUMBERLAND to A. WALKER"
The inside states: "My Dear Walker, I desire to
thank you for all your kindness in all the trouble I have given you at
various times, and to ask your acceptance of the accompanying box as a
small token of regard & esteem & believe me. Always affectionately
yours, F. Sitwell. London 27th May 1842."
Barmoor Castle is in the county of Northumberland, England
and played an important role in the decisive battle between the English
and the Scots at Flodden Field in 1513. It became the family home of the
Sitwell family in 1791. The giver of this box must have been Francis
(Frank) Sitwell (1797-1860) who inherited Barmoor from his father in 1813.
The Sitwell's were later noted as a British writer family and included
Edith Sitwell famous for her poetry.
The information within this inscription gives plenty of
scope for further research giving a life and personality to the box..
Ref. No.: HL/9894
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