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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Benjamin Franklin Snuff Box

Identifier:
1997.37.16a-b
Description:
Rectangular profile from top, elliptical from sides. Top inset lid with invision hinges. Scored lines decorating lid, and inlaid wooden ellipse. Score lines continue around base. Box is mounted on piece of old cardboard.;This box has association with a famous individual, making it a fascinating curiosity. It will be used in collecting AZ : B is for boxes.;.;1) Tag affixed to bottom of box, 1038. This may be some form of old collection identification number.;Cardboard mounting reads in old script, This Snuff Box belonged to/ Benjamin Franklin/Presented by/Dr. Wm. Cheatham/Louisville, KY./March 31, 1915.;Complete structure somewhat warped and opens with difficulty. Edges are nicked; top soiled. Veneer inside also somewhat warped. Cardboard discolored and brittle, with water stains and scotch tape repair, and missing corner.
Date:
circa 1780
Materials:
Scored, Inlaid, Burl Wood, Cardboard
Dimensions:
.75" h 3.25 | 5.5" w 2.25 | .75" d; 6.5" h
Current Location Status:
On Exhibit
Source:
Gift Of Steele A. Taylor
Exhibit/Program
Introduction to Collecting A-Z ()
Makers/Donors
Taylor, Steele A.
Steele Taylor is a New Jersey native and a World War II Navy veteran. In 1948, after earning a degree in economics from Williams College in Winston, Massachusetts, he accepted a job offer from Dohler-Jarvis in Grand Rapids. In 1960 he moved to Grand Rapids Steel and was part owner and president when he retired in 1985. He has served on many boards throughout his career, such as the Mary Free Bed Hospital, Aquinas Emeritus Center, various Hospice boards and former member and president of the Art and Museum Board. Steele and his wife Mary are consummate world travelers and their collection is a testament to their travels. Artifacts donated by Steele are exceptional resources, representing various regions of the world. He has also donated an extensive collection of pewter items to the Grand Rapids Public Museum. His pewter collection can be seen on display in the Museum's "P is for Pewter" as part of the A-Z exhibit

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