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Good quality cast William IV silver snuff box Birmingham 1835 Edward Smith 6 OZ

Price £ 1,150



This very good quality William IV silver snuff box was made in Birmingham in 1835 by Edward Smith and has a Mazeppa scene to the cast top, it is gilded to the interior and has a cast thumb piece to the lid with a cast border around the lid. The sides and base are engine turned and that is still sharp with no wear as is the engraving to the lid and it has a raised cast figure of a horse with Mazeppa strapped to it being pursued by wolves. It is fully and clearly hallmarked to the inside both lid and base and also on the top scene with the lion passant and bears the inscription FROM MN to LAGOP APRIL 1ST 1868. A fine and very heavy quality snuff box with an interesting story to the lid weighing 6 ounces or 188 grams :-

Mazeppa is a poem written by the English poet Lord Byron in 1819. It is based on a popular legend about the early life of Ivan Mazepa (1639-1709), a Ukrainian gentleman who later became Hetman of the Ukrainian Cossacks. According to the poem, the young Mazeppa has a love affair with a Countess Theresa while serving as a page at the Court of King John II Casimir Vasa. Countess Theresa was married to a much older Count. On discovering the affair, the Count punishes Mazeppa by tying him naked to a wild horse and setting the horse loose. The bulk of the poem describes the traumatic journey of the hero strapped to the horse. The poem has been praised for its "vigor of style and its sharp realization of the feelings of suffering and endurance".This poem also inspired Alexander Pushkin to write his poem Poltava as an answer to Byron's poem.

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