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A CHARLES I SILVER COUNTER BOX
Circa 1635
Cylindrical, with pierced openwork sides, the cover with a portrait of Charles I, the base with a portrait of Henrietta Maria, containing 24 circular counters engraved with English monarchs from Edward the Confessor and including two of Elizabeth of Bohemia, apparently unmarked
1 in. (2.54 cm.) high (2)
Provenance
S.J. Shrubsole

Lot Essay

Four similar counter boxes are in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, illustrated in Philippa Glanville, Silver in Tudor and Early Stuart England, London, 1990, pp. 480-438, cat. nos. 116-120.

Counter boxes contained a number of disks, commonly stamped or engraved with portraits of English monarchs, that were used as game markers and counting devices. Counter boxes were rarely marked.
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