England, 1710-1720

Probably by John Obrisset



The oval lidded horn box, the cover impressed with the arms of Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596)

(the field with wavy  fess between two stars, 

the helmet adorned with a globe below a 3-masted ship under sail,

and a hand appearing  out of the clouds holding a golden rope),

the continents indicated within the field surrounding the globe, and "Drake"

 faintly inscribed above the ship, elaborate scrolling  foliate mantle, and below the motto "Sic Parvis Magna”

 (Greatness from Small Beginnings), within a stepped reeded rim;

probably by John Obrisset; bearing collector’s label “Adler Collection”, with inventory numbers


Provenance: Provenance: Adler Collection, London, England


Condition: generally quite good with a small crack in rim of base, small loss to rim reeding (as shown), some rubbing to lid



Drake snuff boxes are among the best known "dies" attributed to Obrisset. 

Some have been dated 1712, with initials OB. 

Others found are unmarked. It is said that these boxes were used by a descendent in a political campaign. 

The offered model is comparable to a box in the collection of the Worshipful Company of Horners,

illustrated by Hardwick; and

another in the Museum of London, illustrated by Philips. 


Literature: P. Hardwick, Discovering Horn, Guilford, 1981. p.101;

Philip A.S. Philips, John Obrisset and His work in Horn & Tortoiseshell, London, 1931 


1 1/8"High x 3 1/8" Wide x 4” Long







(detail noting inscriptions of the continents on the field surrounding the globe:

The Americas, ? to the left; Asia, Africa to the right: Antarctica below)






(The last two images showing the horn translucency)



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Queen Anne / George I Molded Horn Snuff Box, England, 1710-1720, Probably by John Obrisset