The Collections

what's in the box?

Created: 23.07.12

  • Name
  • Artist / Maker
  • Date made
  • ID
  • Unknown
    circa 1805
    Patch box

    Oval patch box commemorating Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805). The surface is enamelled, the base and sides white, decorated with flowers and drapes, the lid is painted with a coloured portrait of Nelson in uniform and a hat. On the side…

  • Unknown
    circa 1805
    Patch box

    Oval patch box with a mirror inside the lid, commemorating Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805). The surface is enamelled, the base and sides royal blue. The lid painted in colour with a mourning female figure and a tomb bearing the letter…

  • Unknown
    Late 19th century
    Work box

    Marquetry work box inlaid with Australian and New Zealand woods. The lid has an oval eight-pointed star/ compass rose at centre with border of chevrons, all in inlaid woods. Inside the lid the box has another star in a diamond…

  • Unknown
    circa 1800
    Tobacco box

    Iron tobacco box, possibly made in Coalbrookdale, cast with 'Humanity' on the lid (see ZBA2480 for a similar lid). The image is derived from the famous Wedgwood plaque, which was one of the most ubiquitous symbols of the abolition movement.…

  • Unknown
    Mineral sample and box

    A box containing twenty one turquoise blue opaque crystals. The writing on the lid of the box reads: 'Fine Crystals of Sulphate of Zinc - and Copper' This pill box come from a 14-drawer cabinet found in the Herschel family…

  • Unknown
    Late 18th century
    Gold snuff box

    Snuff box presented to Vice Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy (1769-1839) by Ferdinand IV, King of Naples (1751-1825) following the Battle of the Nile in 1798. Oval four colour gold snuff box, the lid set with an oval glazed miniature…

  • Unknown
    Snuff box

    A silver snuff box or vinaigrette with a gilt interior, ridged surface and hinged lid.

  • Unknown
    Terrestrial inflatable globe

    Box for the terrestrial globe

  • Tassie, James
    circa 1806
    Wafer box

    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.…

  • Unknown
    Terrestrial inflatable globe

    Cardboard box for terrestrial inflatable globe.

  • Unknown
    Writing box

    Writing box in polished ash, with engraved and pierced brass fittings on the lid and around the lock which retains its key. A blue velvet covered compartment inside the lid folds down to become a writing surface. The box has…

  • Unknown
    Late 19th century

    A tortoiseshell box with gilt mounts and a hinged lid. On the lid is a glazed miniature painted on ivory of Nelson and Lady Hamilton, in a silver mount. The Nelson portrait is based on one of Lemuel Abbott's.