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Box

  • Place of origin:

    England, Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1670-1680 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, stamped

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and The Art Fund

  • Museum number:

    T.456 to B-1990

  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, room 56d, case 6

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Object Type
This tiny box was among the contents of an embroidered casket used by a young girl, Martha Edlin, to store her small personal possessions. It contains 19 items now, although it may have held more originally : 8 trenchers, 6 spoons and 5 triangular salts, typical items from a table setting of the 1670s. Their minute size would have made them difficult to play with, even for a child, and they may have been intended for a doll's house.

People
A group of Martha Edlin's (1660-1725) possessions from her childhood, including this box and its contents, were kept in the casket, cherished by her descendants and passed down through the female line in her family for over three hundred years. We know little about her life, except that she married a man called Richard Richmond and appears to have been a prosperous widow, with daughters and grandchildren, living in Pinner in Greater London at the time she drew up her will.

Physical description

Small round silver box with cover, decorated round the sides. Box contains 19 tiny cutlery items.
[Lid] Cover with a stamped pattern of a rose.
[Cutlery] Nineteen pieces of tiny cutlery items - 5 triangular salts, 8 round trenchers (plates), and 6 spoons which have been stamped from sheet silver.

Place of Origin

England, Great Britain (made)

Date

1670-1680 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, stamped

Dimensions

[Box] Diameter: 1.45 cm, Height: 0.57 cm
[Cutlery] Diameter: 0.59 cm plate, Length: 0.94 cm spoon, Width: 0.025 cm spoon, Length: 0.44 cm salt

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 1989/1572.
Part of a dolls set.

Descriptive line

Round silver box with cover containing 19 pieces of tiny cutlery, made in England, 1670-1680

Labels and date

British Galleries:
MARTHA EDLIN'S TOYS AND JEWELLERY

Martha Edlin's silver toys and jewellery came to the Museum in her casket. Some are practical, such as the manicure set and the bodkin which was used for threading ribbons. She may have played with the tiny silver trenchers (plates), spoons and salts. The round locket and heart-shaped box are stamped with images of King Charles II. [27/03/2003]

Production Note

From Martha Edlin's casket

Materials

Silver

Techniques

Stamped

Subjects depicted

Roses (flowers)

Categories

Containers; British Galleries; Metalwork; Children & Childhood; Accessories

Collection code

T&F

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