Enamel, Gold, Diamonds, 1780
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The Victoria & Albert Museum
The cover of the box—meant to be a toothpick case--is set with diamonds with the initial “O” surmounted by a baron’s coronet and bordered by laurel in an oval frame. The case’s base is set with plaited hair which has been preserved since 1780 under glass within an oval medallion.
This toothpick case belonged to Robert Henley Ongley, first Baron Ongley (c.1720-1785) who sat as the Whig member of Parliament for Bedford. The inscription was added after his death and in commemoration of his passing.
|Hey, look! The original green leather box.|