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Chrismatory: NAV.101-1933

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Production: Unknown




Pewter chrismatory (container for chrism/myrrh oil). Rectangular box and flat topped 'roof' shaped lid are joined by two thick hinges, and an identical hinge like clasp. There is an exterior border pattern of punched fleur de lys. Contains three removable 'inkwell' type containers, crudely scratched with the initals C II and P(?)

Crude buffing, re-soldering, and filing of lid, hinges and clasp


History note: Item described in an exhibition held in 1904 at Clifford's Inn Hall

Legal notes

A.F. de Navarro Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 9 cm
Length: 14 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1933) by Navarro, Mary Anderson de, Madame Navarro, J. M. de


16th/17th century
Production date: circa AD 1600

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Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: NAV.101-1933
Primary reference Number: 125304
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 20 August 2015 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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