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  • Place of origin:

    Spain (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1600-1625 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Dr W.L. Hildburgh Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The material covering this bottle is possibly dried leather or a composition of ground up sea-shells. The enamel plaques are distinctly Spanish, although similar pieces have also been noted in Germany.

This objects, which is one of a pair (M.288A&C-1956) offers a glimpse of the collecting activities of Walter Leo Hildburgh. The Museum’s early acquisitions of European silver in the 19th century relied heavily on important sales of private collections. During the early 20th century however the Museum was able to shape the collections more deliberately by influencing Hildburgh’s prolific collecting. Hildburgh travelled widely on buying expeditions, usually recording when and where he bought something, but not (frustratingly for posterity) from whom. He added over 500 objects to the collection either as gifts to the Museum or as part of his bequest.

Physical description

Rectangular pewter bottle covered with composition (TS & SL: leather?), with short tubular, silver-gilt neck and ring plug, the corners reinforced with silver-gilt scrollwork, the sides with nielloed silver plaques

Place of Origin

Spain (probably, made)


1600-1625 (made)



Materials and Techniques



Height: 14.80 cm, Length: 6.30 cm, Width: 6.30 cm

Object history note

Acquisition RF: 55/4478A
Dr WL Hildburgh FSA Bequest

Descriptive line





Metalwork Collection

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