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Snuff box: M.88-1961

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Oval, tortoise shell box with silver mounts and portrait bust of William III and Queen Mary

Tortoise shell with silver mounts and stamped and chased portrait bust. Oval box with straight sides and flat lid. The sides of the lid and the projecting hinge are of silver and have a scalloped edge. The top of the lid is set with a double portrait bust of William III and Queen Mary in relief.


History note: Not known before testator

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Height: 1.9 cm
Length: 8.3 cm
Width: 6.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Late-18th Century, Early#
After 1689 - Circa 1725


The portrait but of William III and Queen Mary are based on the coronation medal of 1689 by George Bower

The silver does not bear a maker's mark

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Box composed of tortoise shell
Mounts composed of silver
Portrait composed of silver

Techniques used in production

Carving : The tortoise shell was carved from a turtle shell, which was heated and pressed to form the lid and parts of the base, which were glued together. The hinge was soldered to the silver sides and pinned to the base. The portrait bust was stamped and chased and pinned to the lid, which was set into the silver sides.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.88-1961
Primary reference Number: 150675
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 29 July 2019 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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