Patch box

Arthur Stone (American, born in England, 1847–1938), Arthur Hartwell (American, active 1909–1937)

Object Place: Gardner, Massachusetts, United States


2 x 5.5 x 4 cm (13/16 x 2 3/16 x 1 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View




Silver hollowware

The oval box has a flat foot and a friction-fitted lid that is slightly domed and ornamented with a garland of chased flowers and leaves.

Sometimes called patch or pill boxes, these small containers were most likely used for personal effects such as pills or stamps. Incorporating floral patterns and swirled lines, the boxes are representative of Stone’s fine work and skill at chasing ornament. He often washed the interiors in gold, as he sometimes did with his miniatures, thus intentionally emphasizing their preciousness.

This text has been adapted from “Silver of the Americas, 1600-2000,” edited by Jeannine Falino and Gerald W.R. Ward, published in 2008 by the MFA. Complete references can be found in that publication.


“A [pellet] E [pellet] P” chased inside circular floral design.


“Stone,” with profile of incuse chasing hammer across St, and “STERLING / H” struck on bottom. “14” struck inside box, along bottom edge, and inside lid.


Arthur and Elizabeth Bent Stone estate to their companion Annie E. Priest; by descent to Alma Bent, Stone’s cousin, from whom the Museum purchased the piece.

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Coburn Fund