Chamberlain's Key

English (London)
1833–34


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

5.8 x 17.5 cm (2 5/16 x 6 7/8 in.) Weight: 161.6 gm (5 oz 4 dwt)

Accession Number

1975.317

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The shaft of the key, which is cast in sections, is of baluster form, with horizontal bands of beading and a section of vertical fluting. The key tongue is a square, openwork foliate trellis pattern. The handle is in the form of a cartouche framing an openwork monogram for William IV, surmounted by the royal crown.

Inscription

Monogram for William IV, surmounted by the royal crown on handle.

Markings

On shaft, maker's mark RI with a pellet between in a square shield (unrecorded); sovereign's head; lion passant; date letter s; leopard's head crowned.

Provenance

1975, sold by Nicholas E. Landau (dealer), Paris, to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 14, 1975)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour