Tobacco box

Tobacco box
Tobacco box
Title
Tobacco box
Date 
ca. 1660
Medium 
Silver, tortoise shell
Dimensions 
Overall: 2 x 3 1/2 x 3 3/4 in. ( 5.1 x 8.9 x 9.5 cm )
Description 
Wrought silver and tortoise shell tobacco box; brown and yellow American box turtle shell (terrapene carolina) base with an applied, molded silver band around the edges; semi-circular side (at the head) engraved, "S S" surrounded by engraved decoration; hinged cover secured at the head end and engraved with the Salisbury family coat-of-arms, a shield with a crowned lion rampant surrounded by three crescents, shield surrounded by foliate scrolls and surmounted by an armor helmet and a crowned lion rampant holding a crescent in its raised paw; edge of cover engraved with a decorative band; no maker's marks.
Credit Line 
Bequest of Mary Louise Salisbury
Object Number 
1967.3
Marks 
engraved: head end: "S S" engraved: on the cover: the Salisbury family coat-of-arms, a shield with a crowned lion rampant surrounded by three crescents, shield surrounded by foliate scrolls and surmounted by an armor helmet and a crowned lion rampant holding a crescent in its raised paw scratched: interior of the cover: "Silvester Salisbury" in script
Gallery Label 
Silvester Salisbury (1629-1679) of Catskill, NY, served as the commander of English troops at Albany in 1670.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group