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Tobacco box and lid - Hercules slaying the Hydra

Hercules slaying the Hydra

  • Object:

    Tobacco box and lid

  • Place of origin:

    Dublin (made)

  • Date:

    1734/5 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Currie, William (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraved silver-gilt

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Claude D. Rotch

  • Museum number:

    M.324:1, 2-1962

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 65, The Whiteley Galleries, case 19 []

Physical description

A silver-gilt round tobacco box with a slightly domed cover engraved with Hercules slaying the Hydra, the maker's mark for William Currie, W C below a fleur-de-lys, and for Dublin 1734-5

Place of Origin

Dublin (made)


1734/5 (made)


Currie, William (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Engraved silver-gilt

Marks and inscriptions

WC below a fleur-de-lys
Sponsor's mark: William Curry

Town mark: Dublin

Date Letter
Partly rubbed out

Mark: Hibernia


Diameter: 3 in, Height: 7/8 inches

Object history note

Bequeathed by Claude Rotch, 1961
Acquisition RF: 61 / 3157

Historical context note

The shallow domed silver box was designed to contain tobacco rather than snuff.

Descriptive line

A silver-gilt tobacco box engraved with Hercules slaying the Hydra

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Alison Fitzgerland, Silver in Georgian Dublin, Making, selling, consuming, London and New York, 2017, pp. 52,61. William Currie had premises close to the Goldsmiths' Company in Dublin and paid them an annual rent of £33 in 1750.




Engraving; Mercury-gilding



Production Type



Metalwork Collection

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