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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:

1721/25

Artist:

John Dixwell
American, 1680–1725
Boston

About this artwork

Like the other silver patch box displayed in this gallery, this piece was created to store small paper or fabric patches that were worn on the face by men and women to disguise blemishes or for decorative purposes. The engraved tulip design on the cover is typical of Dixwell’s work and may have been inspired by a book of engraved patterns. An inscription on the bottom indicates that Abigail Taylor of Lynn, Massachusetts, may have been the original owner of the box.

Status

On View, Gallery 165

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

John Dixwell

Title

Patch Box

Origin

Boston

Date

c. 1721–1725

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Scratched on bottom and underside of lid: A. T. Engraved on the bottom in script: Abigail Taylor Mark, partly registered, on bottom, in oval: I.D.

Dimensions

1.2 × 3.7 × 2.5 cm (1/2 × 1 5/16 × 1 in.); 8.8 g

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by the Antiquarian Society through the Mr. and Mrs. William Y. Hutchinson Fund

Reference Number

1985.245a-b

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