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Patch box

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1775-1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Sheffield plate and tortoiseshell inlaid with silver

  • Credit Line:

    Griffin Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.116:1, 2-1960

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 67, The Whiteley Galleries, case 4, shelf 10 []

The tortoiseshell lid of this box inlaid with silver, illustrating the fable of the Fox and the Stork from La Fontaine's fables.

Physical description

Patch box of Sheffield plate and tortoiseshell, inlaid with silver. Circular, the sides and rim of the detachable lid of Shefield plate; the base of engine turned tortoiseshell, the top of the lid of tortoiseshell inlaid with silver depicting the fable of the fox and the stork, a squirrel in a tree, a rabbit, a dragonfly and the sun.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1775-1800 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Sheffield plate and tortoiseshell inlaid with silver


Diameter: 5.6 cm, Height: 2 cm

Descriptive line

Tortoiseshell, Sheffield plate and inlaid silver, England, 1775-1780.


Tortoise shell; Sheffield plate; Silver


Engine turning; Plating; Inlay (process)

Subjects depicted

Fox; Stork; Sun; Dragonfly; Tree; Squirrel


Metalwork; Containers; Accessories


Metalwork Collection

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