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Silver cachou box, 1797.

Silver cachou box, 1797.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm


Cylindrical box made in Birmingham, posibly by Joseph Taylor. It would have contained pills, cachous (lozenges to sweeten the breath), or patches to cover smallpox scars. In the 18th century the area around Birmingham became famous for its metalwork shops, producing all kinds of decorative metal goods.

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