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Lot 794 - 1831 DUBLIN STERLING SILVER ANTIQUE COMMUNAL TABLE SNUFF BOX

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Lot 794 - 1831 DUBLIN STERLING SILVER ANTIQUE COMMUNAL TABLE SNUFF BOX
1831 SILVER TABLE (OR COMMUNAL) SNUFF BOX (WITH PRESENTATION BOX) MADE BY CHARLES RAWLINGS AND WILLIAM SUMMERS AND ENGRAVED AS A GIFT TO REV. MICHAEL J. MURRAY. This communal or table snuff box, manufactured in 1831, was made by silversmiths and jewelers Charles Rawlings and William Summers and bears their hallmark. Decorated around top edge with flowers and leaves. Rampant lion and small "q" indicates 1831, London. The presentation outside box is marked C. Marsh & Co., 30 Lower Sackville Street, Dublin and they were in business from 1880, so the box was made earlier, a valuable item at the time and resold by C. Marsh. The engraving on front reads.....JOHN ENNIS, ESQ.toTHE REV. MICHAEL J. MURRAYamico amicus nonnngratis and the translation of the Latin is "My love, my friends, not ungrateful".Table Snuff Boxes - There are two sizes of snuff box: pocket and table. Pocket snuff boxes are very common and were made for personal use. This is a TABLE SNUFF BOX, made to be used communally and are much larger. They were often given as presentation items and might have an engraving on which can add value. HISTORY OF RAWLINGS AND SUMMERS: Charles Rawlings: Son of William Rawlings deceased late of York Place Westminster capillaire (? Wig) maker, apprenticed to Edward Coleman of Henry Place Westminster as watch finisher 7 February 1810. Freedom unrecorded. First mark entered as plateworker, 3 July 1817. Address: 12 Well Street. Second mark, 28 October 1819, 9 Brook Street, Holborn. Third mark, 13 June 1822. Fourth, 12 October 1826. Fifth, 24 October 1826. Sixth mark in partnership with William Summers, 6 April 1829. Address: Brook Street, Holborn. Moved to 10 Great Marlborough Street, Regent Street, 9 January 1839. Six new marks, 2 December 1840. The partnership produced excellent snuffboxes well into the Victorian period. William Summers: Son of Thomas Summers, free by patrimony 1 March 1826 as goldsmith and jeweler. First marke entered as goldworker, 16 March 1826. Address: 19 Little Britain (Section VII). Second mark as small worker, in partnership with Charles Rawlings, 6 April 1829. Address: Brook Street, Holborn. Moved to 10 Great Marlborough Street, Regent Street, 9 January 1839. Six new marks, 2 December 1840. Marks defaced (see Book no.6, page 127). Livery, February 1850. Makers of good quality snuffboxes, wine-labels and other small items. Died 15 January 1890.