Circular tortoise shell box inlaid with gold and silver piqué work and mother-of-pearl armorials and military emblems
Tortoise shell inlaid with red and yellow gold and silver piqué work and mother-of-pearl armorials and military emblems. Circular with straight sides and moulded borders. The top of the flat pull-off lid is decorated with the crown and coat-of-arms of the Queen of Portugal above trophies of war, including standards, armour and drums, surrounded by swags and scrolling foliage. The moulded borders are inlaid with gold to resemble a rope edge.
History note: Said to be a present from the Queen to Dr Willis (a forbear of the donor), who attended her when suffering from a mental disease; lost from the family, seen and bought at Christies by Mr Besant.
Given by Mrs M. Besant
Method of acquisition: Given (1953-04-23) by Besant, M.
18th Century, Late#
After 1777 CE - Circa 1800 CE
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