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Snuff box: M.7-1992

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Silversmith: Unknown
Production: Passe, Simon de (Style of)
Production: Belle, Simon Alexis (After)




Oval, silver box; the underside of the tortoise shell lid set with a silver portrait of Prince James (The Old Pretender)

Silver, parcel-gilt, set with a tortoiseshell lid and an engraved silver portrait. Oval with straight sides and projecting moulded edges and a projecting hinge. The lid is lined with an oval portrait of Prince James, the Jacobite claimant to the throne as James III of England and VIII of Scotland, also known at 'The Old Pretender', wearing armour. Round the portrait is an applied band inscribed 'CVIVS EST' on the left, and 'COGNOSCVNT.ME.MEAE' on the right. The interior of the base is gilt.


History note: Glendinning's London, 4th Nov 1992, The Collection of Jacobite and Anti-Jacobite Medals and Stuart Touchpieces, formed by Noel Woolf, p.15, lot 107.

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam

Measurements and weight

Height: 1.4 cm
Length: 7.5 cm
Width: 6.0 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1992-11-23) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Early 18th Century
Production date: circa AD 1720

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Lid composed of tortoise shell
Box composed of silver
Mount Of Lid composed of silver
Plaque composed of silver
Toroise Shell
Tortoise Shell

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: Inside the lid, round the portrait
  • Method of creation: Engraved

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.7-1992
Primary reference Number: 150743
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 12 December 2018 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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