Made by Hugh Ross of Tain in the Scottish Highlands in c.1750, the box measured 5.5cm high.
The sale’s other highlights included:
- £1830 paid for a simple but imposing lidded tankard by Matthew Lofthouse from 1717
- £2800 for a pair of George II `Rococo` candlesticks by Ebenezer Coker (1750)
- £2440 for a Belgian coffee pot, possibly Bruges, c.1740
Smaller items were also in demand, such as:
- a novelty vinaigrette in the form of a walnut and barely an inch (2.5cm) long made £1460
- a Scottish hardstone vinaigrette from c.1840-1850 was a little smaller still and made £2190
- a Regency miniature, approximately the size of a postcard, depicting a seated lady admiring a lover’s portrait as a black servant stands at her side, doubled hopes to make £700
- a lot of three small ivory items, including a portrait of Louis XIV, made £1460.
A private collection of snuff boxes nearly all found buyers, with top prices paid for an Irish example by Benjamin Stokes of Dublin, which sold for £3,660. Elsewhere, an Irish freedom box from c.1766 also made £3,660; as did a Charles II counter box with around 24 counters.