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Wood and m-o-p armorial box and counters for STEWART


Code: BOX4


W: 12cm (4.7")H: 3.8cm (1.5")L: 16.5cm (6.5")

Rare armorial wooden box with four interior m-o-p armorial boxes made for STEWART. The armorial counters - including rare armorial fishes and two shapes of counters - were made circa 1770. The fishes have only the crest of a pelican 'vulning' - feeding her young with her own blood - symbolic of maternal self-sacrifice - while the other counters have the full arms and crest. The box is inlaid with mother-of-pearl and has the armorial to the center; it also has the four card suits to the corners.