Gold snuff box presented to John Loudon McAdam

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Postcard of Gold snuff box presented to John Loudon McAdam.
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Gold snuff box presented to John Loudon McAdam

This snuff box, made in Birmingham in 1826, was presented to John Loudon McAdam (1756-1836), pioneer of road management and construction.

The box lid is decorated with flowers around the edge and a representation of a coach in the centre.

McAdam's hard-wearing and easily-maintained road surfaces were adopted throughout Europe and the USA. He believed that a levelled and well-drained subsoil was the key to supporting a road and that heavy expensive foundations were not necessary.

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Online ID: 000-100-048-077-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1993.56
Date: 1826
Material: Inscription: [coach]; J.L. McAdam
Dimensions: 40 mm H x 110 mm L x 85 mm D
What: Box, snuff
Who: J.L. McAdam (Owner)
Description: Snuff box with representation of a coach and presentation inscription to J.L. McAdam; English, Birmingham, 1826
  • Keay, J. & J. (eds). Collins Encyclopaedia of Scotland. London: HarperCollins, 1994, p 643. 
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