Russian Metal Artworks

Custody (Latin: Custodia, box for a seal)

    Custody (Latin: Custodia, box for a seal)


    second half of the 18th century

    Silver; chasing, gilding

    Height - 2.1 cm; diameter - 13.9 cm

    No marks


    Silver custody, gilded, in the form of a round box with a slightly convex detachable lid, with apertures for a cord in lateral sides. The lid is decorated with a chased image of the Russian Empire state coat of arms framed by a laurel wreath. Custody is a box for storing wax seal attached to the document. Similar boxes have become widespread in Russia since the end of the 17th century; silverware artisans in Moscow and Petersburg manufactured them. The custody for storing a state seal, presented in the Museum Collection, stylistically refers to the time of the Empress Catherine II reign.