Video will open in a new window. A nice bonus is this piece retains its original carrying case which is amazing considering this is over 200 years old. Items such as this were exceptionally expensive and this snuff box would have been prominently placed on a table. What makes this piece exquisite is that it is musical. The host or guest could slide the left lever and hear wonderful music play - this was a "show off" piece that could also be carried to a friend's home in the carrying case, which this piece also has.
The musical movement is a very early cylinder design with solid steel teeth (no soldered weights) and no dampers (they were not invented yet). The musical arrangement is pleasing and plays exactly as it should.
I fully serviced the movement - no broken teeth. The case has fine engraving which was well executed and is in outstanding condition. There are not any date codes. The piece weighs approximately 348 grams total weight and measures approximately 85 x 50 x 30 cm. In summary, this is a fantastic antique music box in amazing cosmetic and mechanical condition.
PLEASE EXPLORE MY OTHER LISTINGS. CONSULTATIONS ARE FREE AS I ENJOY SHARING WHAT I KNOW. The item "ANTIQUE GEORGIAN STERLING SILVER MUSIC BOX MUSICAL SNUFF BOX (WATCH VIDEO)" is in sale since Saturday, November 17, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Music Boxes\Pre-1900".The seller is "singingbirdbox" and is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. This item can be shipped worldwide.