Base of a silver tobacco box made in Glasgow

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Postcard of Base of a silver tobacco box made in Glasgow.
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Base of a silver tobacco box made in Glasgow

This is the base of a silver tobacco box made in Glasgow in 1685-6 by Robert Brock. It has been engraved at a later date and given by John Rae to Joseph Allan in 1762.

The back is inscribed around the edge with 'The gift of John Rae Esq to Joseph Allan 1762'. Underneath this inscription is the original date '1687'.

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Online ID: 000-100-001-169-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEQ 1557
Date: 1685-6
c. 1685
Material: Silver. Inscription: RB [monogram]; tree, fish etc [Glasgow mark, rubbed]; RB [monogram]; e [gothic]; on base: 1687 / The Gift of JOHN.RAE Esq; TO Joseph Allan / 1762; on lid: a shield [chevron between two running stags in chief and one in base, a helm an
Dimensions: 22 mm H x 87 mm L x 72 mm W
What: Box, tobacco
Subject: Gold and silver (NMAS Classification)
Who: John Rae (Presenter)
Joseph Allan (Owner)
Robert Brock, Glasgow (Silversmith)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: Oval silver tobacco box by Robert Brock, Glasgow, c. 1685, the lid engraved with a shield and the base inscribed "The Gift of John Rae Esq. to Joseph Allan"
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