The Westminster Treasure. History in Silver 1713 - 2013

The Wallace Collection, Manchester Square, London

Thursday 7th February, 2013 - Sunday 28th April, 2013

Price: Admission Free

The Wallace Collection will be displaying a unique set of silver inscribed boxes belonging to the Past Overseers’ Society, Westminster. The Society, founded in 1915, had its origins in the overseers of the poor appointed in each ecclesiastical parish from 1601 to 1834 to administer the poor rate.

The Westminster overseer's collection began in 1713 with a tobacco box, which is described in Walter Thornbury's Old and New London (1878) and in more recent publications. As ever larger cases were commissioned to hold the previous case, they were each covered with etchings of historical events, royal engagements and portraits. The silver is beautiful and the inscriptions are fascinating, intriguing and compelling. Come to the Porphyry Court to see the display of three hundred years of idiosyncratic history continuing up to 2012 with the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics.