The Canada 150 Auction

June 27, 2017

LOT 576

Lot 576

Canadian Silver Oval Snuff Box, George Savage, Montreal, Que., c.1830

Canadian Silver Oval Snuff Box, George Savage, Montreal, Que., c.1830
Lot 576 Details
Canadian Silver Oval Snuff Box, George Savage, Montreal, Que., c.1830

the sides wriggle-engraved with rushes, flowering foliage and scrollwork
length 2.8" — 7 cm.
3 oz. — 92 grams

Estimate $1,500-$2,000

Realised: $1,800
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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Canadian Silver Oval Snuff Box, George Savage, Montreal, Que., c.1830
  • Canadian Silver Oval Snuff Box, George Savage, Montreal, Que., c.1830

Nineteenth century silversmiths in Canada were continually adapting to meet the demands of a rapidly changing market. New technologies emerging in England and the United States made it difficult for local silversmiths to maintain their businesses through traditional forms of craftsmanship. The introduction of silver electroplating onto cheaper base metals meant that inexpensive tableware could be imported from abroad. The pervasiveness of mass produced electroplated silver meant that many Canadian silversmiths could not compete, and those who continued to operate made their living on special commissions for unique presentation pieces. These sterling silver objects took the form of cups, medals, ewers and trays and were often engraved and dated, to commemorate a celebratory occasion.

In Montréal, the Robert Hendery firm, later Hendery and Leslie, became the leading manufacturer of sterling silver goods in Canada. Most Canadian silver produced in the second half of the 19th century will bear the marks of the Hendery firm, which was sold to dealers across the country. In 1899, Henry Birks and Sons took over Hendery and Leslie to become Canada’s foremost silver manufacturer. The following lots demonstrate a continued interest in commemorative silver which was produced from the 18th century onward. Examples include the Four Canadian Silver Athletic Medals to Cecil Hamilton from 1889/90, the Victorian Silver Ewer, Edward Barnard & Sons, London, 1889 and the Canadian Silver Toronto Centennial Cuff Bangle, Henry Birks & Sons, Montreal, Que., 1934. Honouring athletic achievements, marital unions or moments of historical significance such as a centennial celebration, commemorative silver speaks to the history of Decorative Art in Canada. 


In good condition; well marked under the base with G.G in rectangle twice, flanking lion passant facing left

LOT 576

About Condition Ratings

  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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