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Patch Box

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.

Date:

1710/30

Artist:

Artist unknown
American, 18th century
Probably Newport, Rhode Island

About this artwork

Patch boxes were popular accessories for both men and women in the eighteenth century. They were used to hold artificial beauty marks, or patches, which were applied to the face, sometimes over blemishes or smallpox scars. These patches were commonly made out of black paper, velvet, or silk that could be cut into a variety of shapes and designs. Placing patches on specific areas of the face held different meanings. For instance, one placed at the corner of the eye was supposed to evoke passion.

Status

On View, Gallery 166

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Artist unknown

Title

Patch Box

Origin

Newport

Date

c. 1710–1730

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Bottom faintly scratched with symbols and with partially obliterated Roman letters: "MN"

Dimensions

2 × 5.1 × 7.6 cm (7/16 × 2 × 3 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by Warren L. Batts

Reference Number

1983.790

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