Tobacco box

Object Number: 
1937.1344
Date: 
1770-1790
Medium: 
Copper, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/8 x 6 1/4 x 1 7/8 in. ( 2.9 x 15.9 x 4.8 cm )
Marks: 
embossed: on back: "Protector Religion [?] [other writing worn away]" embossed: lid: "Geor___ the II /Georg the III/ of the Great/______?/Semper Eaddem" stippled: on side: "A.M.R.A.L [or s?]_____[illegible word] 189___ [5 or 8?]"
Description: 
Rectangular tobacco box with brass hinged lid and brass bottom and copper sides; lid embossed with images of British Royal Standard and busts of George II and III; bottom embossed with British Royal symbols including a crown.
Gallery Label: 
According to Donald Fennimore (Metalwork in Early America), this tobacco box was made in Germany for the English market. It was once part of the folk art collection of Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), the avant-garde sculptor. From 1924 to 1934, Nadelman's collection was displayed in his Museum of Folk Arts, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Historical Society purchased Nadelman's entire collection in 1937.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group