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Wafer box

OBJ0199
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Collection Decorative art, Objet d'art
User collections what's in the box? by lucinda
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleProvenance: Queen Mary, Consort of King George V
Depiction: Nelson, Horatio
EventsNapoleonic Wars: Battle of Trafalgar, 1805

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Object ID OBJ0199
Description Wafer box commemorating Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805). A rectangular ivory box with a hinged lid, lined with red velvet. The lid is decorated with gold piqué-work foliage surrounding a white Tassie vitreous paste cameo of Nelson on a black background. This has an oval gold mount inscribed 'ENGLAND EXPECTS EVERY MAN TO DO HIS DUTY'.
Date made circa 1806

Artist/Maker Tassie, James
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials gold; inorganic: ceramic: vitreous paste; organic: ivory
Measurements Overall: 15 x 70 x 35 mm
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  • Wafer box (OBJ0199)
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