second half 18th century
Probably by John King
Object Place: Europe, London, England
H. 4 cm (1 9/16 in.); W. 9.2 cm (3 5/8 in.); D. 6.7 cm (2 5/8 in)
Medium or Technique
Silver; cowry shell
Not On View
The base of the box is formed of a cut section of a cowry shell with a molded silver rim. The flat silver cover, formed from sheet, has a hidden hinge ornamented with wrigglework.
Engraved on the cover, CGS in monogram
On inside of case, maker's mark IK (similar to Grimwade 1446).
Given to Gilbert Stuart (1775-1828) by the Bishop of Ossory. 1880, gift of Sydney Brooks to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 15, 1880)
Gift of Sidney Brooks