Featured 1850s monogrammed snuff box help

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by charlie cheswick, Jul 13, 2019 at 1:55 PM.

  1. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    hi folks, found this lovely snuff box today

    has a silver inlay, john hill 1854 middlesbro

    i got it for under a fiver because of the damage,

    was wondering what it was made of

    seems to be wood with a veneer of some kind

    any thought appreciated

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  2. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Gorgeous! The plaque looks like silver.:)
    The veneer some kind of lacquer rather than actual veneer, I think.
     
  3. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    thanks Aj, good to have you back !!

    i found one before and it turned out to be papier mache, but this feels a heavier, thick wood
     
  4. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    :happy:
    I considered papier maché, but I agree, this one could be wood.
     
  5. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    looks like some type of burl wood...????
    & isn't that kinda big for snuff ???
     
  6. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

  7. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

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  8. I was also thinking burr walnut. The wood can be cut very thinly and has a very attractive grain.
     
  9. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    repair is beyond my purview & above my pay grade in this matter !!! :sorry::sorry:
     
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  10. verybrad

    verybrad Well-Known Member

    I think some kind of faux painted pressed wood or paper material. Believe it to be painted to mimic tortoise shell. Not sure what all the squiggles are about.
     
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  11. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    thanks for the info, i kinda think your right as well, the top especially looks painted to mimic

    heres a few more pics to show the side veneer

    is it possible that the top is one thing, and sides and bottom are another ?


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  12. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    That is what I meant with some kind of lacquer.:) A bit like Vernis Martin, but with painted swirls.
     
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