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Casket: M.7-1935

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unknown




Ivory, with gilt-metal mounts. Rectangular; the lid of truncated pyramidal form. At each corner are three gilded metal mounts with bulbous ends and tapering points. Two hinged mounts of similar design extend from the top of the lid down the back, and a third extends down the centre of the front of the lid and is hinged to a hasp which fixes into the flat lock-plate in the centre of the front of the box. A small metal handle is in the centre of the lid. The sides of the box are secured by two gilded metal mounts at each corner: the ivory plaques are joined by many dowels, some which are masked by designs in outline. Quatrefoils, dog-tooth and bulbous pointed designs are faintly discernable in outline and partially stained. On the front of the lid is written 'tercia'. Inside is lined with a very pretty 18th (?) century patterned paper. [see Longhurst, 1927]


History note: 17th Jan. 1891: Lent by J.H. Fitzhenry, Esq. (see label on base); Charles Holden-White

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Given by Charles Holden-White

Measurements and weight

Depth: 4 3/8 in
Height: 4 1/4 in
Width: 8.0 in

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1935) by Holden-White, Charles


13th Century
14th Century
Circa 1200 CE - Circa 1400 CE

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Components of the work

Mounts composed of gilt-metal

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Carving : Ivory carved casket with gilt-metal mounts

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: tercia
  • Location: On front of the lid
  • Method of creation: Inscribed

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.7-1935
Primary reference Number: 31844
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 20 March 2019 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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