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Box

Box

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1718-1719 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hanet, Paul (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, engraved

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Martin Norton

  • Museum number:

    M.7-2007

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 59, shelf A, box 3

This box was made to contain snuff, a form of powdered tobacco. It bears London marks for 1718-19, an early example of full hallmarks on a London gold box..

The box had an eventful history during World War II. It was the personal box of Martin Norton (1911-2005) of S. J. Phillips Ltd. of New Bond Street, London. He was one of the great international figures among the dealers in jewellery, silver and gold boxes. The box was in his pocket when his ship was torpedoed crossing the Atlantic. His family delights in the story that, when he reached land and rang his wife, her first question, knowing what his primary concern would have been, was 'Is the box safe?'.

Physical description

Gold, engraved with a cartouche enclosing an oval containing a wyvern

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1718-1719 (made)

Artist/maker

Hanet, Paul (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Gold, engraved

Marks and inscriptions

HA
maker's incuse mark

London hallmarks for 1718-19

Engraved with a crest, a wyvern

Dimensions

Length: 75 mm, Width: 54 mm, Height: 11 mm

Object history note

This box had an eventful history during World War II. It was the personal box of Martin Norton (1911-2005) of S. J. Phillips Ltd. of New Bond Street, London. He was one of the great international figures among the dealers in jewellery, silver and gold boxes. The box was in his pocket when his ship was torpedoed crossing the Atlantic. His family delights in the story that, when he reached land and rang his wife, her first question, knowing what his primary concern would have been, was 'Is the box safe?'.

Descriptive line

Gold box, probably made by Paul Hanet, London, 1718-19. Engraved with a crest, a wyvern.

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

Norton, Richard and Martin. A History of Gold Snuff Boxes. London: S. J. Phillips, 1938, pp. 98-9, plate 35A.

Materials

Gold

Techniques

Engraved

Subjects depicted

Cartouche; Wyvern

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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