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Snuff box: M/P.2-1942

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Circular, gilt metal snuff box, the flat lid set with brown aventurine glass

Gilt metal, chased, and brown aventurine glass. Circular with bombé sides, projecting hinge and cusped thumbpiece. The lid is set with a large flat disc of glass. The sides are chased with panels of rocaille decoration.


History note: Not known before donor

Legal notes

Given by Louis C.G. Clarke

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 6.9 cm
Height: 3.0 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1942-05-28) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


Mid 18th Century
George II
Production date: circa AD 1750

Components of the work

Surface Of Metal composed of gold ( possibly)
Lid composed of aventurine glass

Materials used in production

possibly Pinchbeck
possibly Base metal

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Given by / The Director / W.P.M. 1942-2
  • Location: Inside the lid
  • Method of creation: Written in black ink and glued to the lid
  • Type: Paper label

Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.2-1942
Primary reference Number: 150739
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 17 December 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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