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Box with front and back plates opening like a book and two loops soldered to either side. Hammered, engraved, and soldered. The sides comprise four sheets soldered at the corners with two rectangular framing bands soldered to the bottom on the inside. Two hinges and a clasp are soldered to the...

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1838 or after, France [see note 1]. Victoria, Queen of Prussia and Empress of Germany (b. 1840 - d. 1901), Friedrichshof, Kronberg, Germany [see note 2]. 1946, Blumka Gallery, New York; 1946, sold by Blumka to the MFA for $1000. (Accession Date: December 12, 1946) Notes: [1] The box bears a French control mark in use from 1838 to 1919. [2] According to typed notes in the MFA curatorial file (source unknown; possibly from a sale catalogue).

Credit Line

Arthur Mason Knapp Fund

Box in the shape of a book

Northern European, Medieval (Gothic), mid-14th century

Object Place

Northern Europe


4.8 x 4.4 x 1.9 cm (1 7/8 x 1 3/4 x 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silver (various pieces: 92.8-93.6% silver, 4.4-5.3% copper, 1.3-1.5% gold, .4-.8% lead)