Hallmarked Silver Plated Box with Leather Case - Sheffield, UK, Circa 1900

This is an antique silver plated box with its accompanying leather case. These pieces were made in Sheffield, UK in the early 1900s and were designed to hold a single sandwich for trips out fox hunting. The box could be strapped onto a horse’s saddle with the leather carrying pack.. 

With somewhat muddled origins, the sandwich has always been closely linked to fox hunting in England. A popular tale of the invention of the sandwich claims that the Fourth Earl of Sandwich in 1762, during an particularly intense card game, requested his meat served in between two pieces of bread so he could eat with one hand free and continue his game. However, the earl was also an avid fox hunter and it is also suggested that he invented the sandwich as a convenient way to eat while riding a horse. No matter the origin, sandwiches quickly became fashionable among English hunters. A sandwich box with its accompanying leather case was soon included in the official fox hunting kit. The tradition traveled abroad, with such kits being used not only in Ireland, Scotland, and Australia, but also the U.S. This box and case are in beautiful condition; a great example of this long standing tradition.

CONDITION:

Overall very good condition. The leather case has some signs of use around the buckles and button, but no losses or notable scratches. The box has a Sheffield, UK hallmark stamped into the silver plate and is in very good condition with no significant damage.

Box Dimensions: 3 3/8" H x 5 1/16" W x 1 1/8" D




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