An identical gold box is in the Gilbert Collection, Somerset House, London and is illustrated in T. Schroder, Gold and Silver in the Gilbert Collection, Los Angeles, 1988, no.23. The Gilbert box is also discussed by C. Truman (op. cit.). Both authors discuss the problems of dating this and other similar boxes. In 1640 Thomas Knyvett wrote to his wife "to send by this bearer towe Hollingsworth Tobaccoe boxes with the King's picture of silver." There is, however, a tobacco-box of identical design to the present box with the maker's mark only, BB. This maker's mark is found on hallmarked pieces dating from 1673-1683 and it seems more likely that the Gilbert box, this example and the two silver boxes, lots 84 and 86 in this sale, are commemorative and date from Charles II's reign.