Lot 904

A Victorian Scottish ~Castle-top~ snuff box, Abbotsford House, by Alexander Graham Wighton, Edinburgh 1839, cartouche form, the hinged cover with a scene of the house within a landscape setting with fishermen in the foreground, and with a scroll border, the sides with chased foliate scroll decoration, gilded interior, the inside of the cover inscribed ~Dr. William Bruce, from a sincere friend in grateful remembrance of his unremitting attention during a long and dangerous illness Smyrna, May 1840~, in a fitted case, length 8.5ccm, approx. weight 4.3oz. It is likely that this box was exhibited by Wighton at the 1851 Great Exhibition, as was known as the Waverley snuff box. Abbotsford House was the home of the Scottish novelist Sir Walter Scott. Provenance: The Lion Collection, entry number 278. Illustrated and written up in Culme, J., British Silver Boxes,1640-1840, The Lion Collection, The Antique Collectors~ Club, 2015, page 232.