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Box: M/P.2-1931

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Silversmith: unmarked




Silver; box for pills and surgical needles

Silver; oval, the upper hinged lid has a thumbpiece at the centre front, the interior is divided into four compartments, two deeper than the others; the base has a half lid which is hinged in the centre with its thumbpiece at centre back of the box, the interior with one compartment below the two shallow compartments above. The centre of the upper lid is inscribed "W PRINCE 1784" round this is inscribed "JOHN PRINCE M.R.C.S. / 1758-1845", "THOMAS PRINCE M.R.C.S. / 1809-1890" and "1836-1884 / CHARLES E. PRINCE M.R.C.S. "The front side of the box is inscribed "C.L. PRINCE . SURGEON / 1845". The box contains a calling card inscribed "Miss Prince / 4 Durham Villas / Kensington W.8.

Legal notes

Given by Miss A.E. Prince, 1931

Measurements and weight

Height: 2 cm
Length: 8.1 cm
Width: 6.3 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1931-09) by Prince, A. Ellen, Miss


18th Century, Late
George III
Production date: circa AD 1784


The box is unmarked but was probably made in England

Components of the work

Calling Card composed of paper

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: "W. PRINCE 1748" surrounded by "JOHN PRINCE M.R.C.S. / 1758-1843", " THOMAS PRINCE M.R.C.S. / 1809-1890" and "CHARLES E. PRINCE M.R.C.S. / 1836-1884"

  • Location: Top of lid
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: C.L. PRINCE, SURGEON / 1845
  • Location: At the front, on the side
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Inscription

Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.2-1931
Primary reference Number: 157324
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 6 December 2012 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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