Hallmarked Asprey, London
From our Silver collection, we are delighted to offer this Silver Asprey Cigarette Case. The case of flat rectangular form with a splayed lid and base featuring a neat engine turned pattern throughout. The lid with a high quality engraved horses head wearing its reigns. When opened the Cigarette Case features a Silver Gilt lined interior with hallmarks to the inside of the lid and the side of the opening lip along with made in England, Asprey London. The hallmarks read AW for A Wilcox, Birmingham, dated 1950. The Cigarette case is in fantastic condition and would be perfect for dual use as business card holder, an equine collector or box collector.
Asprey was established in 1781 by William Asprey in central London. Asprey advertised ‘articles of exclusive design and high quality, whether for personal adornment or personal accompaniment and to endow with richness and beauty the table and homes of people of refinement and discernment.’ The company grew and began to acquire several manufacturing facilities and hired silversmiths, goldsmiths, jewellers and watchmakers including Ernest Betjeman. In 1859, Asprey bought ‘Edwards’, a Royal Warrant holder and award winning dressing case maker. In 1862 Asprey was granted its first Royal Warrant by Queen Victoria and the company enjoyed a long relationship with various members of the British Royal Family.
A Wilcox was a Silver firm working from Nursery Road, Hockley, Birmingham and was a partnership between Alfred Nathan Andrews & Harry Stanley Andrews.
Silver Gilt is silver which has been covered with an exterior coating of gold.
Measurements 1.6cm High x 8.5cm Wide x 5.5cm Deep
Condition Excellent, no damage
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