A jewelled gold and enamel presentation snuffbox, Josef Wolfgang Schmidt, Vienna, circa 1790
of oval form, the lid applied with an oval paste frame, formerly containing the cipher of Frederick William IV, King of Prussia, on blue translucent enamel over striped engine-turning, within blue, green and gold paillon and opaque white enamel borders, paillon ornamented sides, the base of translucent blue enamel within similar borders, maker's mark, post-1788 Vienna standard mark
8.9cm., 3 1/2 in. wide
The handwritten note accompanying this snuff box reads: 'The Box, from which these diamonds were derived, was presented by Fred. Will. the IV King of Prussia to Arthur Moyses W. Hill Lord Sandys, who, as A.D.C. to the Duke of Wellington, was sent by His Grace to be in attendance upon His Majesty during the Prussian Reviewing in 1818 - while the Allied Forces occupied the French Territory under the Treaty of 1815 as an heirloom to the Court - by the express wish of the said Lord Sandys'
M. H. Blutley, Ombersley Court, Inventories of Heirlooms, 1863, p.1; 'Oval Gold enamelled snuff box of the period of Louis Quartorze, set with fourteen large Brilliants and Monogramm of the late King of Prussia' [sic].