Sterling Silver Regency Card Case 1835 Hallmarked Castle Abbotsford Taylor and Parry
This is an antique Regency English sterling silver calling card case date marked for 1835 and extraordinarily beautiful.
The 180+ year old English hallmarked repousse sterling silver card case has a foliage design with a rendering of is of Abbotsford House, Melrose, Scotland home of Sir Walter Scott on one side with Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire, England home of Lord Byron on the reverse.
The case weighs 2.865 ounces or 81.4 grams of silver and is marked with the lion for sterling, William IV's head, date letter for 1835 and the anchor for Birmingham, England which is 2 years before Queen Victoria ascended to the throne in what is referred to as the Regency period.
The maker's mark is T and P for Taylor and Parry, a well known maker of exceptional quality small silver items during the second quarter of the 19th century.
The card case measures just over 3.75 inches high by 2.5 inches wide by .5 inches deep.
The design is exquisitely hand chased and hand engraved even to the ducks and man rowing in the lake.
The lid hinge works is worn and a bit loose but works...but considering the case is 180+ years old, that is excellent!
The only flaw is a pinhead dent in the lid top.
The case is truly a work of art and an example of the skill of early 19th century English silversmiths.
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