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Address box

Address box

  • Place of origin:

    Madras (made)

  • Date:

    1858-1875 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Sandalwood, with silver lock, hinges and mounts; the inside lined with crimson velvet; the underside lined with green velvet

  • Museum number:

    05085(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This address box would originally have contained a scroll or address from the 'native inhabitants of Madras' in which they formally pledged allegiance to Queen Victoria. Since the inscription refers to the sovereign as 'Queen' rather than 'Empress' it is probable that the box pre-dates 1876, the year in which she assumed the Imperial title.

Place of Origin

Madras (made)

Date

1858-1875 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Sandalwood, with silver lock, hinges and mounts; the inside lined with crimson velvet; the underside lined with green velvet

Marks and inscriptions

To/ Her Most Gracious Majesty/ THE QUEEN/ Loyal Adress/ From/ The Native Inhabitants of Madras
Inscription; decoration; English

Dimensions

Height: 10.5 cm, Width: 39 cm, Depth: 28 cm

Descriptive line

Domestic, sandalwood silver, engraved, Madras

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

Jaffer, Amin Furniture from British India and Ceylon: A Catalogue of the Collections in the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum. London : V&A Publications, 2001. p.148 , fig.11. ISBN 1851773185.

Materials

Sandalwood; Silver; Velvet

Subjects depicted

Scrolls

Categories

India Museum

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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