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Tobacco Box with Cover

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The flat oval box has a removable cover. Around the base and the edge of the cover is a chased molded ridge. Each piece is formed of sheet. The base may have had previous engraving removed, since the silver is thin and slighlty uneven.


INSCRIPTIONS: engraved in scrolled foliate cartouche, cypher, possibly SAM/WELG. engraved on bottom of box, Benjin. Pickman 1780. engraved on underside of lid, I * B / 1719.


On rim of base, maker's mark CO (Grimwade 390a)(repeated on inside cover); Britannia; lion's head erased (repeated on inside cover); date letter C


According to tradition, Benjamin Pickman II (1740-1819) who married Mary, daughter of Bezaleel Toppan, to their son Benjamin III (1763-1843) who married Anstiss Derby (1769-1836), to their daughter Anstiss Derby Pickman (1793-1836) who married John W. Rogers (1787-1872), to their daughter Martha Pickman Rogers (1829-1905) who married John Amory Codman (1824-1886), to their daughter Martha Catherine (1858-1948) who married Maxim Karolik (1893-1963), The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts. (Accession Date: January 12, 1939)

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The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts

English (London), 1718–19

Object Place

London, England


H. 2.5 cm x W. 7.6 cm x D. 9.8 cm (1 x 3 x 3 7/8 in.); Weight: 110.6 gm (3 oz 11 dwt)

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