Freedom Box

Irish (Cork)
Marked by Carden Terry, Marked by Jane Williams

Object Place: Europe, Cork, Ireland


H. 2.3 cm x W. 7.5 cm x D. 5.1 cm (7/8 x 2 15/16 x 2 in.); Weight: 99 gm (3 oz 4 dwt)

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The rectangular box features the arms of Cork engraved centrally within a plain rectangular cartouche surrounded by a band of engraving of flowers, thistles, shamrocks, and folliage. Engraved at each corner are a starburst and in the center of the band above and below the arms, a harp. The lid is mounted onto the real wall of the base with a flush five-knuckle hinge. The sides of the box are plain and the base engraved with an inscritption as noted above. The interior of the box is gilt.


ARMORIALS: engraved in center of top of box, the arms of the City of Cork surrounded by the motto "STATIO BENE FINA CARINIS".
INSCRIPTIONS: engraved on underside, "The Mayor Sheriffs & common Council of the/City of Cork unanimously voted the Freedom/at Large of their City to be presented to/Nathl. Atcheson of London, Esq./Founder of the Pitt Club. As a public/Testimony of the opinion they entertain of his high Character./Heny. Sadleir, Mayor. / W. Waggett, Recorder. / Thos. Deane, / Wm. Lucas, / Sheriffs. / W. Jones, T. Clerk."


On underside of cover, maker's mark CT over IW (Bennett, p. 188, no. 13); sovereign's head. On inside of the box, date letter T; harp crowned; Hibernia; sovereign's head.


Gift of Miss M. H. Jewell to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 13, 1925)

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Gift of Miss M.H. Jewell