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candle snuffer origins?

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Posted: 03/01/2009 
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I received a piece of silver for Christmas in the form of a candle snuffer. It is very unusual and I have never seen anything quite like it before. The handle of the snuffer is a man or boy playing a violin. There are hallmarks (very small), four of them including the lion passant with front paw raised and the tail over the back. There is a leopard's head sans crown. In between the lion and leopard, there is a block capital letter P and a block capital F. These are in two separate cartouches. We believe the P to be the date letter. In addition to our puzzlement over the F, there is the concern over the missing bow. We've been told that the bow could be replaced by a silversmith but I am concerned about the advisibility of doing that. My instinct is to leave it as found. Any information about the snuffer's origins would be appreciated.
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