Maker: Myer Myers (1723–1795)

Date: 1760–70

Geography: Made in New York, New York, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Gold

Dimensions: 1 1/16 x 2 7/16 x 2 3/8 in., 81.3 Grams (2.7 x 6.2 x 6 cm, 2.614 Troy Ounces)

Classifications: Metal, Gold

Credit Line: Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall P. Blankarn Gift, 1966

Accession Number: 66.102


American snuffboxes of gold are extremely rare. On this example, the cover is decorated with a biblical scene, probably based on I Samuel 16:17–22. The harp player David, sent by his father to assuage King Saul's anguished mind, appears before him with offerings of bread, wine, a donkey, and a kid. Myer Myers, the maker of this box, was a New York silversmith who also lived briefly in Norwalk, Connecticut, and Philadelphia. He is listed in the 1786 New York Directory as chairman of the New York Silversmiths' Society.