Snuff box

18th century

Object Place: probably Massachusetts, New England


Overall: 2.5 x 8.9 x 5.1 cm (1 x 3 1/2 x 2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, birch bark

Not On View





A small box with relief carving on its lid portraying the death of Gen. Joseph Warren at Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775, at age 31. The general is depicted falling from his horse in the foreground, with infantrymen and cavalry fighting in the background. There is cross-hatching and leafage around the sides. The bottom and inside of the the lid are birch bark. The hinges are metal.


A jelly label glued to underside of piece records: "#2000 / [crossed out section] PF / c1775 / Death of / Gen. Warren / Chas F Quincy /collection"
A handwritten note that descended with the box records: "Old hand carved snuff box / portraying Death of / General Warren. / Revolutionary period, 1775 / (15)"
A second note reads: "Joseph Warren / Roxbury, Mass 1741 / Bunker Hill June 1775 31 years old / Prescotts Redoubt / The [first/] great martyr within / [illegible] "Webster Bunker Hill / oration"


Gift of Edwin L. Howard, Westport, Connecticut, 1967 (Accession Date November 8, 1967)

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Gift of Edwin L. Howard