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Box with a relief portrait of the prince - Norwegian Metalworking
  • Date 1836
  • Place of Origin Oslo, Norway
  • Creator Jacob Ulrich Holfeldt Tostrup

According to Jorunn Fossberg of the Norsk Folkemuseum, this is one of 50 silver snuffboxes commisoned by Karl Johan, Crown Prince of Sweden, to give to royal favorites or to people who did him some special service. This box, with a relief portriat of the prince, was made in 1836 by Jacob Ulrich Holfeldt Tostrup in Oslo, but it is not known for what favor it was given or how it came to America.

Marks: figure with hands up (St. Hallvard, indicating it was made in Oslo); C. (assayer’s mark of H. Claussen): IHT (indicating it was made by Jacob Ulrich Holfeldt Tostrup); 1836; the zodiac sign for Pisces (indicating that it was made between February 19 and March 20)

  • Materials Silver
  • Dimensions length: 3 inches; width: 2 inches; height: 0.5 inches
  • Identifier / Source 1991.042.050 - Bequest of Bruce Hitman