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.
- John Dixwell
- Patch Box
- c. 1721–1725
- 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.
- 1.2 × 3.7 × 2.5 cm (1/2 × 1 5/16 × 1 in.); 8.8 g
- Purchased with funds provided by the Antiquarian Society through the Mr. and Mrs. William Y. Hutchinson Fund