An early 18th century 'hammerman's' brass vesta box Dated 1721
Lot 762
An early 18th century hammerman's brass vesta box Dated 1721
Sold for £611 (US$ 1,035) inc. premium
Auction Details
The Scottish Sale Edinburgh
24 Aug 2006 11:00 BST

Auction 13978
Lot Details
An early 18th century hammerman's brass vesta box
Dated 1721
In the form of a book, each side centred by the arms of the incorporation of hammermen, one surrounding inscription reading 'By hammer and hand all art doth stand When you go *** remember me', to the reverse reads 'Andrew Kerr hammerman his box 1721'. 7cm high.

Footnotes

  • The Incorporation of Hammermen was founded in 1483. The hammermen were one of the most inclusive of incorporations. They claimed the right to enlist any craft worker who used a hammer in his craft. Thus they encompassed all metal workers (blacksmiths, coppersmiths, tinsmiths) as well as specialists like knocksmiths (clockmakers), lorimers (harnessmakers), saddlers, cutlers, armourers and gunsmiths.
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