1700 - 1800
Kingwood and brass
254 x 391 x 235 mm
Place of origin
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Springhill, County Londonderry (Accredited Museum)
The ladies of Springhill in the 1700s would travel to Dublin for many grand balls. They would obviously wish to take their favourite jewellery, but unfortunately at this period in time the roads were rife with highwaymen. In these boxes there is a shallow compartment in whcih she would place cheaper jewellery, leaving her favourite jewellery in the bottom compartment, with the hope that the highwaymen would scoop out the less precious jewels and leave her most valuable ones behind. However, this probably didn't work as any self-respecting highwayman would have probably taken the whole box!
Treasure box. Kingwood, brass bound. (See SPR/F/1676)