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sterling silver Bougie Box. The box measures approx. 44mm. in diameter and
approx. 42mm. tall, it weighs 57gm.(2oz.). The box has a pull-off lid, with a
swivel cover/cutter in the middle, there is a hinged strap handle to the side. Produced
in London in 1798 by Thomas Phipps and Edward Robinson. These solid metal containers were used to protect and allow
controlled access to a coiled taper candle; the burning time of the candle
could be controlled by the amount pulled through the top of the box. Although
these boxes were predominantly made for melting sealing wax the taper was often
used as a source of light for poorly lodged travellers.
The firm of Phipps and Robinson
were producers of fine silver and gold boxes such as snuff
boxes, nutmeg graters, bougie boxes, vinaigrettes and other small domestic