GEORGE III SILVER BOUGIE BOX
Peter & Anne Bateman, London, 1791
Of tapering cylindrical form above a flaring base, the detachable flat cover
with a taper support, ring size handle, crested to the body and lid with an etoile between wings
Condition : Excellent; one minor pin point upwards impression to the lid; marks good.
with slight rubbing to the upper part of the maker's mark; snug fit to the lid
The bougie-box, or taper-box, was a cylindrical container to hold the wax-taper coil
when not in use. The cover was originally flat with a tube on the cover allowing the
coiled taper to emerge. Some had a chain-attached candle-snuffer. These were used
as alternatives to tapersticks and wax jacks with the advantage of being portable.
Many are marked with the maker’s mark only.
5. oz. / 3.25" Wide
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