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Wax jack

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The wax jack consists of a spool in a frame that rests on four feet. The ends of the spool are circular disks of silver, pierced and embossed with naturalistic foliage. The rectangular frame enclosing the spool is formed of flat strips that are pierced with a heart-shaped pattern. The legs...

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On top of taper holder, maker's mark PR in monogram a pellet below in a shaped shiled (Jackson, 1921, p. 140; rev. ed. 1989, p. 139) (repeated on underside of each horizontal frame support); leopard's head crowned; lion passant; indecipherable date letter. Maker's mark could also be a cursive letter J?


Possibly given by Charles II, King of England and Scotland (b. 1630 - d. 1685) to Benjamin Fellows, London (?) [see note 1]; by descent within the family to Colonel C. F. Fellows; December 18, 1930, Fellows sale, Sotheby's, London, to William Permain, London, for William Randolph Hearst (b. 1863 - d. 1951), New York; November 17, 1937, Hearst sale, Sotheby's, London, lot 31, to Tessier for £395. 1961, Mrs. R. Makower; March 16, 1961, posthumous Makower sale, Sotheby's, London, lot 140, sold to Thomas Lumley Ltd., London; 1961, sold by Thomas Lumley to the MFA for £3,600. (Accession Date: April 12, 1961). NOTES: [1] According to the 1937 Hearst auction catalogue, "this piece is traditionally believed to have been given by Charles II to an ancestor of the late Colonel Fellows, possibly Benjamin Fellows of the City of London."

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

English (London), about 1675–85

Object Place

London, England


H. 22.9 cm (9 in.); W. 22.6 cm (8 7/8 in.); D. 16.5 cm (6 1/2 in.); Weight 1,221.9 gm (39 oz 6 dwt)

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