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Maker: Daniel Parker, 1726–1785

Snuff Box

ca. 1750–60


3 1/8 × 1 15/16 × 1 in. (7.94 × 4.9 × 2.54 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Made in Boston, Massachusetts
On view
18th century
Containers - Metals

Possibly originally owned by Robert Calef; possibly to Mary Calef; possibly Lucretia Strasey; Francis P. Garvan (1875 - 1937), New York; gift in 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Kathryn C. Buhler and Graham Hood, American Silver in the Yale University Art Gallery, 2 vols. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1970), vol. 1, p. 162, no. 206.

Patricia E. Kane, Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1998), 756.

Alexandra Ward, “Pocketing the Exotic: Yale’s Cowrie-Shell Snuffbox,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2019): 40–47, fig. 1, 4.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.