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Counter box: M/P.1 & A-L-1934

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: unmarked
Engraver: De Passe, a member of the family (Style of)




Silver; cylindrical box with 11 counters

Silver, pierced, engraved and die stamped. The cylindrical case with pierced sides engraved with dogs and reeds. The pull-off lid and base set with die-stamped and/or engraved counter-size portrait medallions of James I surrounded by the inscription "GIVE THY JUDGEMENTS O GOD UNTO THE KING", the reverse with a portrait of Prince Charles, later Charles I surrounded by the inscription "AND THY RIGHTEOUSNESSE UNTO THE KING'S SON". The box contains 11 counters of a later date, each crudely engraved with a portrait and, on the reverse, a coat-of-arms or symbol and/or name or initials, including "BUCKINGHAM", "WREN" "RUBEN" AND "J.R".


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

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 17th Century
James I
Circa 1620 CE - 1625 CE


The box and counters are unmarked. The counters were engraved by a different hand and are probably later than the counter-size portrait medallions set in the lid and base of the box.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Box composed of silver
Counters composed of silver
Lid And Base

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.1 & A-L-1934
Primary reference Number: 166557
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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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