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Snuff box: M.12-1836

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Object information

Current Location: In storage

Maker(s)

Silversmith: Unknown

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Description

Rectangular box with cut corners in wood from H.M.S. Victory, lined and mounted in silver; the flat lid with plaque inscribed "Nelson"

Wood (probably oak) from the H.M.S. Victory, lined and mounted in silver. Rectangular with cut corners, straight sides, recessed hinge and arched thumbpiece. Set on the flat lid is a rectangular silver plaque, also with cut corners, which is inscribed 'Nelson' in Gothic script and 'Natus 29 Septr. 1758 / Obit 24 Octr. 1805' in script. On the recessed base, a similar smaller plaque is inscribed in Gothic script 'The Countess Mengden. / TO / Captn. Thos. Staines / R.N. K.G.B.' The interior of the lid is inscribed 'Presented to / THE FITZWILLIAM MUSEUM. / Cambridge / BY GEORGE GUNNING ESQR / of Frindsburg. Kent. / 1836'.

Legal notes

Given by G. Gunning Esq.

Measurements and weight

Height: 2.6 cm
Length: 8.4 cm
Width: 5.7 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1836-12-17) by Gunning, G.

Dating

19th Century, Early#
1805 - 1836

School or Style

English

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Components of the work

Exterior composed of wood
Interior composed of silver
Plaques composed of silver
Wood

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Nelson / Natus 29 Septr. 1758 / Obit 24 Octr. 1805
  • Location: On the lid
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Commemorative
  • Text: The Countess Mengden. / TO / Captn. Thos. Staines / R.N. K.G.B
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Presentation inscription
  • Text: Presented to / THE FITZWILLIAM MUSEUM. / Cambridge / BY GEORGE GUNNING ESQR / of Frindsburg. Kent. / 1836
  • Location: Inside the lid
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Presentation inscription

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.12-1836
Primary reference Number: 150637
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 4 October 2012 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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The Fitzwilliam Museum (2024) "Snuff box" Web page available at: https://collection.beta.fitz.ms/id/object/150637 Accessed: 2024-03-05 03:27:00

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