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Toilet Box

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T2636
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1700 - 1900


There is a nave quality to this mid nineteenth century trinket box. The stylised shoe has been carved from mahogany with a section of boxwood inlaid on the front to suggest a buckle. The delicate chip-carved decoration on the top and sides is typical of Welsh traditional carving.Shoes have a powerful imagery in European folk legend. They symbolise a woman's wealth and status and have therefore long been associated with love tokens and weddings. The Pinto collection has a large number of carved shoes which include objects such as snuff boxes, tea caddies and souvenirs.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:18th century or 19th century
Medium:Carved. Chip-carved. Wax or paint.
Place of Origin:Wales


Height:18.3 cm
Width:6.8 cm
Depth:6 cm