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Is your surname BRADBURY or are you related to a Bradbury... then if so this could well be the GIFT for someone special... for someone who is difficult to buy for or for someone who has everything... well I know for sure they will NOT have one of these.
A really fabulous antique gilt silver card case here.... first the actual mauve leather box it is in.... this has a gilt line edge detail... a push button clasp and 2 hinges... the box has had some recent damage by the look of it.. someone has just been a little rough with it and its got a sharp trauma mark to the front edge where the push button catch is.. its just pierced the leather and you can see the wooden interior of the base of the box..at the back one of the hinges has lost both its pins.. so its loose as well.
Dont let that put you off... its a good job the silver item is in the case otherwise it could well have been serious damaged.
Push the button and hinge open the lid.. see a navy blue interior.. the retailers name under the lid in gilt wording.... W.E. HARRISON - Goldsmith - STOCKTON ON TEES....see the fine blue silk ribbon which you lightly pull to get the card case out....it is a snug fit in the specially made inset.
The card case is UNUSED .. it is very "golden" looking ...you could easy think it was solid gold on a quick glance.
So lightly pull it out... extremely well made with the rounded corners... blended in hinge...as in it does not stick out... its all flush with the case side.......and a fine, fine engraved Family COAT OF ARMS & CREST on the front.
Gently open the lid.. to see the Birmingham 1886 hallmarks in the usual place... as well as Queen Victoria's Head... on the inside of the lid at the very bottom...when looking inside when its open....the makers initials D&F ...which is Deakin & Francis ...well known makers of the period.
The case is gilt inside and out and has NEVER been used in my opinion ...you can see where there is no wear to the gilding at all where the lid comes down when its closed..its not been opened and closed often either.
So now to the most interesting Family coat of arms & livery crest.....I have just spent another 2 hours looking into the crest and arms and I think I have cracked it.....PHEW.
The crest... is an open winged Dove holding an Olive Branch.. fretty in heraldic terms which means cross hatched - lattice work on the bird..... design.. and it could be said to be vollant as well... flying..with the wings open.
So now onto the coat of arms..in laymans terms its a shield with 3 buckles in it an upside down V shape in the middle which has 5 funny little tassel like things in it.. but of course in heraldic terms its alot easier to understand... Sable, a CHEVRON ermine between 3 BUCKLES argent, ..Sable is the background colour of the 3 buckles.. and it would be black and the argent is the background of the chevron being silver .... so it would have looked well when it was ever painted.
Google that info and you will find this to be the coat of arms and crest of the BRADBURY family.
So Bradbury.... you will find a small village near Darlington by the same name... which is not very far away from Stockton on Tees where the card case has been sold from... made in Birmingham in 1886 by Deakin & Francis and made especially for someone of the BRADBURY family.
But of course I couldnt tell you anymore about it other than that...if you have the surname BRADBURY this is a real must for you....you will NOT find another one of these in this fabulous condition ever again.
The card case is 3 and a quarter inch long x 1 and 3 quarter inch wide x 1 quarter inch deep and it weighs approx .....34.9grams...the case is 3 and 3 quarter inch long x 2 and quarter inch wide x 3 quarter inch deep.
It really is a tremendous quality made antique Victorian card case made especially for someone of the BRADBURY family surname from the Stockton on Tees area back in 1886.
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The item(s) are shown next to an English 1 penny which is 20mm dia for scale.
Conversion ... approx... 2.5cm = 25mm = 1 inch
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