Victorian Novelty Silver Registered Design Shoe Bonbonniere & Seal

EDWARD. H. STOCKWELL, LONDON 1873
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A very unusual Victorian novelty cast silver Box made in the form of a high heeled lace-up Shoe, a bloodstone Seal matrix to the base of the heel, the curved hinged lid opening to reveal a gilded interior. Attached suspension ring.

By E H Stockwell, London, 1873.

Also stamped with a diamond registration mark for the 17th April 1874 and engraved with the retailers name - Thornhill, 144 New Bond Street.

£975.00

Condition
In good condition with no damage or repair
Dimensions
H
43  mm (1.69 inches)
W
85  mm (3.35 inches)
D
20  mm (0.79 inches)
Weight
62.50 Grams (2.01 troy ounces)
Country
England
Stock Code
TRS051116B
Medium
Silver
Provenance
Thornhill registered this design in 1874 for a number of possible uses (see images) including a light box (vesta case), an etui, a seal, an inkstand, a spirit lamp, a lozenge box, a scent bottle, a stamp box etc, etc. However, an advert placed by Thornhill in "The Queen" in 1888 (see images) illustrates an exact replica of this box and describes it as a "SHOE BONBONNIER & SEAL".