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tooth-pick / toilet-case / ear-pick

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Cylindrical gold case; engraved with scrolls and birds filled with translucent enamels; screw top; contains gold toothpick and ear-pick; inscribed.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1600 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 9.5 centimetres (case)
    • Diameter: 1.3 centimetres (case)
    • Length: 6.3 centimetres (tooth pick)
    • Length: 6.2 centimetres (ear pick)
    • Weight: 1.65 grammes (tooth pick)
    • Weight: 1.8 grammes (ear pick)
    • Weight: 39.05 grammes (total)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        plustost Mourir que changer
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        Vertu pour conpagne
  • Curator's comments

    Provenance: None is recorded.

    Commentary: Possibly after designs by Le Blon.

    Bibliography: Charles Hercules Read, 'The Waddesdon Bequest: Catalogue of the Works of Art bequeathed to the British Museum by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild, M.P., 1898', London, 1902, no. 194; O.M. Dalton, 'The Waddesdon Bequest', 2nd edn (rev), British Museum, London, 1927, no.194.


  • Bibliography

    • Read 1902 194 bibliographic details
    • Dalton 1927 194 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G2a/dc6

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    This collection is known as the Waddesdon Bequest under the terms of Baron Ferdinand Rothschild’s will.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number



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