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Snuff box: M.2-1981

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Shoe-shaped carved wood box with stained flowers and motto 'SOUVENIRE AMITIE' within borders of tacks

Carved wood with brown stained decoration within borders of tacks. Shoe-shaped with an elongated rounded toe. The compartment for snuff in the heel has an upward-curving hinged lid. The front of the shoe and lid are decorated with flowers. Round the back of the shoe is the motto 'SOUVENIRE AMITIE'.


History note: Not known before donor

Legal notes

Given by Mrs M. Chivers

Measurements and weight

Height: 4.2 cm
Length: 12.3 cm
Width: 2.6 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1981-03-09) by Chivers, M.


Second half of 18th century
Circa 1850 CE - 1900 CE

Components of the work

Box composed of wood
Decoration composed of stain
Decoraiton composed of tacks

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On the back of the shoe
  • Method of creation: Stain and tacks
  • Type: Motto

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.2-1981
Primary reference Number: 150731
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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

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