A Rare Jacobite Boscobel Oak Snuff Box


+44 (0)207 7275263

+44 (0)7831 561042


  • £6,250.00
  • €7,404 Euro
  • $8,576 US Dollar

United Kingdom

DC Member since 2015
Contact dealer Delivery quote Similar item? Stock request

  • Description
  • Location
  • About dealer

A Rare Jacobite Boscobel Oak Snuff Box

A fine example of a rare Jacobite box, the white metal frame gilded within, the base inset with a plain, unadorned piece of oak, whereas that to the hinged lid is inlaid with silver-coloured metal fashioned and engraved as to represent Charles II hiding in the Boscobel oak, an angel offering him the Crown. To either side of the oak tree is seen a pair of horsemen within the landscape and below all is a ribbon engraved with the motto 'SACRA IOVI QUERCUS' ('Oak Sacred to Jupiter', referencing Ovid's mythological epic, Metamorphoses.) The piece of oak to the base is backed with gilded metal and set within a rubbed-over bezel. English, early or mid 17th century. 3.25 in x 2.5 in x 5/8 in
Several boxes of this type are known, all commemorating the escape of Charles II from the parliamentary forces after the Battle of Worcester in 1651. In 1680 Samuel Pepys recorded Charles’ story of hiding in an oak tree whilst a Parliamentarian soldier passed directly below. It is believed that these boxes were made from the original Boscobel oak tree in which Charles II hid; a descendant now marks the site.
With regards to age, some of these boxes are recorded as being made during the reign of Queen Anne but they may in fact be Jacobite objects made as late as 1745, the time of the Jacobite Rebellion when Charles Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie or The Young Pretender) attempted to regain the British throne. The form and structure of this example would support this later date.


18th Century & Earlier

Contact Us


Telephone: +44 (0)207 7275263

Mobile: +44 (0)7831 561042


111 Portobello Road,
W11 2DY
United Kingdom


Walpoles is an antiques business that has been established for more than 35 years with an extensive stock which can be divided into three broad themes: "The Army" encompassing colonial furniture and works of art, folk art of the British soldier as well as campaign furniture, pictures and objects of a military theme; "The Navy" covering fine and folk art associated with the British Royal and Merchant Navy fleets as well as fine art and objects that fall under a title of "The China Trade"; and finally there is an established core of furniture, pictures and works of art typical of "The English Country House".

Founded by Graham Walpole, the business first set up in Church Street, in London’s Marylebone, and by the end of the 1980s had moved to Westbourne Grove, from where they dealt until the turn of the last century. In 2004 Walpoles relocated to their home town of Greenwich and joined the British Antiques Dealers Association but now work from 111 Portobello Road. Please be aware that this shop is too small to show all of the stock on the website and that you should make an enquiry before your journey to ensure that the item in question is there for you to see. We are open every day, with the exception of Sundays, between the hours of 10 a.m. & 4 p.m., (Saturday 7.00 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

We use cookies to help make this website better. Find out more about cookies.