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The base of the box is formed of a cut section of a cowry shell with a molded silver rim. The flat silver cover, formed from sheet, has a hidden hinge ornamented with wrigglework.

Inscription

Engraved on the cover, CGS in monogram

Marks

On inside of case, maker's mark IK (similar to Grimwade 1446).

Provenance

Given to Gilbert Stuart (1775-1828) by the Bishop of Ossory. 1880, gift of Sydney Brooks to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 15, 1880)

Credit Line

Gift of Sidney Brooks

English (London), second half 18th century

Object Place

London, England

Dimensions

H. 4 cm (1 9/16 in.); W. 9.2 cm (3 5/8 in.); D. 6.7 cm (2 5/8 in)

Accession Number

80.507

Medium or Technique

Silver; cowry shell

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver