Skip to main content

Snuff box: M.12-1836

An image of Snuff box

Terms of use

These images are provided for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons License (BY-NC-ND). To license a high resolution version, please contact our image library who will discuss fees, terms and waivers.

Download this image

Creative commons explained - what it means, how you can use our's and other people's content.

Colours in this image

Alternative views

Object information

Maker(s)

Unknown (Silversmith)

Description

Rectangular box with cut corners in wood from H.M.S. Victory, lined and mounted in silver; the flat lid with plaque inscribed "Nelson"

Wood (probably oak) from the H.M.S. Victory, lined and mounted in silver. Rectangular with cut corners, straight sides, recessed hinge and arched thumbpiece. Set on the flat lid is a rectangular silver plaque, also with cut corners, which is inscribed 'Nelson' in Gothic script and 'Natus 29 Septr. 1758 / Obit 24 Octr. 1805' in script. On the recessed base, a similar smaller plaque is inscribed in Gothic script 'The Countess Mengden. / TO / Captn. Thos. Staines / R.N. K.G.B.' The interior of the lid is inscribed 'Presented to / THE FITZWILLIAM MUSEUM. / Cambridge / BY GEORGE GUNNING ESQR / of Frindsburg. Kent. / 1836'.

Legal notes

Given by G. Gunning Esq.

Measurements and weight

Height: 2.6 cm
Length: 8.4 cm
Width: 5.7 cm

Relative size of this object

8.4 cm2.6 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1836-12-17) by Gunning, G.

Dating

Early 19th Century
1805 - 1836

School or Style

English

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Exterior composed of wood Interior composed of silver Plaques composed of silver Wood

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Nelson / Natus 29 Septr. 1758 / Obit 24 Octr. 1805
  • Location: On the lid
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Commemorative
  • Text: The Countess Mengden. / TO / Captn. Thos. Staines / R.N. K.G.B
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Presentation inscription
  • Text: Presented to / THE FITZWILLIAM MUSEUM. / Cambridge / BY GEORGE GUNNING ESQR / of Frindsburg. Kent. / 1836
  • Location: Inside the lid
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Presentation inscription

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.12-1836
Primary reference Number: 150637
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 4 October 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2022) "Snuff box" Web page available at: https://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/150637 Accessed: 2022-06-25 00:24:28

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url=https://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/150637 |title=Snuff box |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2022-06-25 00:24:28|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

Bootstrap HTML code for reuse

To use this as a simple code embed, copy this string:

                <div class="text-center my-3">
                    <figure class="figure">
                        <img src="https://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/imagestore/aa/aa24/M_12_1836_20_281_29.jpg"
                        alt="Snuff box"
                        class="img-fluid" />
                        <figcaption class="figure-caption text-info">Snuff box</figcaption>
                    </figure>
                </div>
            

Please enter your name as you would like to be addressed
Please enter your email address
The object accession number - this is prefilled
Please enter your query with as much detail as possible

Suggested products from Curating Cambridge

You might be interested in this...

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...