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The Maxwell Box

The Maxwell Box

Engraved on the lid with the Shipwrights’ Arms with bow of ship to the sinister, and no dove on the Ark. On the bottom:

Peter Maxwell


Robt son of the above Peter Maxwell ob 1746

 Æ 46

Willm son of Rob Maxwell ob 18th April 1797

 Æ 67

Robt son of Wm Maxwell

                          ob 6 March 1827 Æ 71

Engraved inside lid:

Robt Curtis, son of Robt Maxwell

Purchased from a fund raised in memory of Hobart H. de C Moore, Prime Warden 1979-1980.

This is the oldest known representation of the Shipwrights’ arms on silver.  It has not been possible to identify Peter Maxwell (who may have been a member of the Company of Shipwrights of Redriff) or his descendants, who do not appear in the lists of freeman of the period.

Weight: 4 ozs. Oval, 3.5/8 ins/2.7/8 ins diameter. Height: 7/8 ins. Maker’s mark WS in a heart (possibly William South), London, date stamp indecipherable, possibly 1694.  Gadroon edge.


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