Of good gauge silver, the oval box with reeded edged and a stand-away hinge,
the cover die-cast with a
portrait of Queen Mary II (of William & Mary)
amongst birds and foliate scrolls within an oval surrounded by further embossed decoration of masks,
foliate scrolls and trellis type diapering, all within a fine 'rope' diapering; gilded to the interior;
scratched initials P P twice on interior base rim
Maker's mark : Stamped La twice to the base interior, and twice to the cover interior,
Grimwade #1880, mark registered 28.3.1716
This maker goes by both 'Langdon' and 'Langton'.
This is his first mark as smallworker, Wheatsheaf and Crown, Lombard Street.
Other marks, 1729, Twisters Alley, Bunhill Row; 1732, Ironmonger Row
Provenance & Literature :
Illustrated in Culme, J., British Silver Boxes 1640-1840, The Lion Collection,
no. 103, page 111; (published, Antique Collector's Club, 2015)
Alastair Dickenson Ltd.
For a similar die-cast silver plaque, set in the cover of a John Obrisset horn box, see
P.A.S. Phillips, John Obrisset & His Works in Horn and Tortoiseshell, 1704-28 (1031, Pl. 27, 28)
Condition : Excellent, with slight wear to the edge of the marks, and surface wear appropriate to age and usage;
one hinge pin replaced with a small silver solder reinforecement
3" Long, 2.25" Deep, .5" High / 1.75 oz.