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Silver bible cover with two Biblical scenes

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An image of Book cover/bible cover. Unknown silversmith, Netherlands or Germany. With two Biblical scenes amid openwork angels, urns, scrolls, diaper-work and flowers. The covers are rectangular, the spinge slightly concave and the clasp is shaped-triangular. The vignette on the front cover depicts St. John baptising Christ; the back cover possibly shows Christ risen from the tomb. They are surrounded by four angels playing musical instruments, amid vacant cartouches, urns, scrolls, diaper-work and flowers. The spine and clasp are similarly decorated with openwork scrolls. Silver, the hinged front and back cover, spine and clasp are cast and chased. Height, cover, 15.5 cm, width, cover, 11.2 cm, width, covers and spine, 25.8 cm, weight 260 g, 1880-1897. Notes: The book cover was accessioned as 18th century, but is probably late 19th century.The cover bears pseudo 16th or 17th Continental hallmarks, and English import marks for London 1897. Produced in Germany or The Netherlands but bearing English import marks for John George Smith & Co, who imported the cover into London in 1897.

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Book cover/bible cover. Unknown silversmith, Netherlands or Germany. With two Biblical scenes amid openwork angels, urns, scrolls, diaper-work and flowers. The covers are rectangular, the spinge slightly concave and the clasp is shaped-triangular. The vignette on the front cover depicts St. John baptising Christ; the back cover possibly shows Christ risen from the tomb. They are surrounded by four angels playing musical instruments, amid vacant cartouches, urns, scrolls, diaper-work and flowers. The spine and clasp are similarly decorated with openwork scrolls. Silver, the hinged front and back cover, spine and clasp are cast and chased. Height, cover, 15.5 cm, width, cover, 11.2 cm, width, covers and spine, 25.8 cm, weight 260 g, 1880-1897. Notes: The book cover was accessioned as 18th century, but is probably late 19th century.The cover bears pseudo 16th or 17th Continental hallmarks, and English import marks for London 1897. Produced in Germany or The Netherlands but bearing English import marks for John George Smith & Co, who imported the cover into London in 1897.

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  • Accession Number: M/P.1-1943
  • Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Aperture: f/22.0
  • Focal length: 50
  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D
  • Photographer name: Michael Jones
  • Image height: 608 pixels
  • Image width: 944 pixels
  • Processed with: Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Windows)
  • Filesize: 659.08kB
  • Exposure time: 1/100
  • ISO Speed: 100
  • Fnumber: 22/1
  • Captured: 2008:10:30 14:55:59

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19th Century angels baptism baptism of Christ baptist Bible bible bible cover biblical book book cover cartouche cartouches cast chased Christ Christianity clasps cover diaper work European Fitz_AA floral flowers German hinged Jesus John the Baptist Netherlandish New Testament openwork pierced religion religious resurrected resurrection risen Risen Christ Saint John the Baptist scenes scrolls Silver silverware St John the Baptist The Risen Christ urns vignette vignettes

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