Silver Multi Purpose Box
Super quality sterling silver multi purpose box with a double band of rose gold by Peter John Doherty, hallmarked from London in 2003, Engraved J.J.G (J J Gallagher Ltd), these were given away free to clients from one of there companies called Gallagher Developments and has nothing to do do with the Tobacco giants Gallagher’s.
The box has laurencekirk hinges. As a result, they are almost undetectable when the box is closed and almost airtight.
These were made for several years by Peter John Doherty and, subsequently, Richard Jarvis took over after the death of Doherty in 2009. To clarify, Richard Jarvis was involved in the quality control prior to him going on to make them.
The box is in excellent order as is the presentation case, the box measures 64x43x14mm.
Doherty for 42 years, he had been manufacturing silverware, specialising in silver boxes and corporate business gifts with special commissions to the highest standards whilst still using traditional methods.
Much of his work was for the crown jewellers, Asprey and Garrards and Hamilton & Inches in Scotland. He also manufactured silverware for government members and The Royal Family. In addition, he was commissioned to make the presentation boxes for Royal Ascot and the Ryder Cup.
|MAKER or SPONSOR MARK||Peter John Doherty|
Snuff boxes were and, indeed still are, used to store tobacco powder or snuff. The practice of snuffing (the inhalation of the tobacco powder known as snuff) began as early as the late 15th Century. At this time, tobacco use had become popular in England following the discovery of the New World. By the mid-17th Century, inhaling snuff was extremely popular and even women were partaking!
18th Century Nobility
By the early 18th Century the nobility had also started to practice the use of snuff and needed something appropriate to hold their snuff.
As a result, in the later part of the 18th Century, craftsmen began producing decorative boxes for this purpose. They used precious metals like silver and gold and other materials like ivory, horn or tortoise shell to create the boxes.
Snuff boxes came in large and small sizes. The larger boxes were for communal use at social gatherings whereas the smaller boxes were for personal use.
It was Sheffield the primarily made silver snuff boxes during the 16th Century. Likewise, Birmingham produced others during the late 17th Century. They were often decorative with views of famous buildings engraved on the lids or boxes sides.