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Snuff box (Snuff box)


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Object ID ZBA2435
Description Wooden snuff box made from the timbers of the brig 'Black Joke'. It has bamboo pattern borders, with a view of the ship fully rigged on the top; the back and side with scenes of African life carved in deep relief; and the front is similarly carved with a scene copied from the 1807 'Slave Trade Abolished by Great Britain' medal, a copy of which is included in the box as well as various 19th century documents supporting its provenance. During the 1820s when the Royal Navy was active in suppressing slave trading between Africa and the Americas, H.M. Brig 'Black Joke' (which had once been a slaver herself) was one of the most active and best-known vessels engaged in this role. She was previously thought to have worked off Australia until 1839 when she sailed for China via Singapore to be sold for the last time at Macao, but, in fact, she was scuttled by fire in 1832 because her timbers were no longer sound. Part of the Michael Graham-Stewart slavery collection.
Date made circa 1840

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Michael Graham-Stewart Slavery Collection. Acquired with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund
Materials wood
Measurements Overall: 103 mm x 50 mm x 48 mm
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