Sterling silver mounted casket made with wood from Prince Rupert’s Cottage, c.1845

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Remarkable silver-mounted casket, the simple oak form with elaborate silver corner mounts and hinged handle to the lid, the front with an elaborate lock plate, the interior tinned as a tea caddy.

The timber taken from ‘Prince Rupert’s Cottage’ , Liverpool

The mounts probably re-used 17th century originals

The whole put together circa 1845.

L: 16.7cm
H: 11cm
W: 9cm
Small split in base plate of wood.

Inside the box were the following notes on provenance:

Early note declaring: ‘Tea caddy (Silver mounted) – Wood from the house of Prince Rupert’s Cottage’

Trading card: ‘Antique silver mounted oak casket tea caddy by John Wakelyn, c.1745’

Calling card: ‘Mrs W.G.Hamilton, 38 Wood Lane, Highgate, London, N.6 – inscribed ‘With Love from your Father and Mother, Christmas 1938’

Newspaper clipping describing the public exhibition of the casket, from the ‘Colac Herald’ in 1970

 

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