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Snuff box: M.85-1961

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Current Location: In storage


Silversmith: Unknown




Rectangular, silver box with tortoise shell lid inlaid with silver thread piqué work vignette and motto 'L'VNION CONSERVE TOUT'

Silver with tortoise shell lid inlaid with silver thread piqué work. Rectangular box with straight sides, projecting moulded edges and two projecting hinges. The lid is decorated a vignette of a tree supporting a crown, from which issue a rose and thistle; to the right there is a cherub blowing a trumpet with a Union Flag; underneath is a ribbon inscribed 'L'VNION CONSERVE TOVT'.


History note: Not known before testator

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Height: 2 cm
Length: 8 cm
Width: 5.9 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1960-12-13) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


18th Century, Early#
After 1707 - 1720


The silver does not bear a maker's mark

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Lid composed of tortoise shell
Box composed of silver
Inlay composed of silver
Silver Piqué

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On the lid
  • Method of creation: Piqué work
  • Type: Motto

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.85-1961
Primary reference Number: 150673
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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