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Book cover

Book cover

  • Place of origin:

    India (made)

  • Date:

    1800 to 1882 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Agate, bloodstone, jasper, moss agate and silver. Made using a wide range of techniques.

  • Credit Line:

    Wells Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The decorative book or album cover was fashioned in India in the 19th century and has a silver body that has been decorated with repousse and chased decoration in the form of flowers and foliage. It has been set with numerous, often large cabochons and plaques of various agates and jaspers of Indian origin.

Physical description

A hinged book cover fashioned in silver, with repousse and chased flower and leaf decoration and it has been set with numerous medium to large, cut and polished agate and jasper plaques and shallow cabochons. The cover can be secured using two hook and eye latches.

Place of Origin

India (made)


1800 to 1882 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Agate, bloodstone, jasper, moss agate and silver. Made using a wide range of techniques.


Length: 286.5 & 289.0 mm 1543-1882 +/- 0.5, Width: 270.5 & 273.0 mm 1543-1882 +/- 0.5, Length: 291.0 mm 1543-1882 +/- 0.5, Width: 25.0 mm 1543-1882 +/- 0.5, Length: 90.4 mm 1543-1882, Width: 84.8 mm 1543-1882, Length: 76.5 mm 1543-1882, Width: 74.1 mm 1543-1882

Object history note

This book cover was made in India in the 19th century and it was acquired by Mr. Arthur Wells who was a Nottingham solicitor and Clerk of the Peace. He was a keen traveller and was made a Fellow of the Geographical Society. He is considered to be the first private British collector of Chinese jade and his collection of jade and other hardstone objects from South Asia was on exhibition at the South Kensington Museum at the time of his death in 1882. This collection was left to the museum in his will - the Wells Bequest.

Descriptive line

Book or album cover, hinged, silver, repousse and chased, set with a variety of large, cut and polished agates and jaspers, India, 19th century


Agate; Bloodstone; Jasper; Moss agate; Silver


Books; Gemstones; Hardstone


South & South East Asia Collection

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