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Freedom box (PLT0744)

Object name: Freedom box
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Freedom box (PLT0744) Repro ID: F6253-001
F6253-001, Freedom box
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About our images
Artist/maker: William Reynolds
Date made: 1782
Place made: Cork, Republic of Ireland
Materials: gold
Measurements:  Overall: 25 x 86 x 60 mm
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Collection: War and Conflict
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  • Freedom box (PLT0744) Repro ID: F6253-003 F6253-003

Gold freedom box presented by the City of Cork on 16 September 1782 to Admiral Lord George Brydges Rodney 1719 -92).

Oval gold box with a flat lid, hinged across the top and engraved with the arms of the City of Cork with two seated male supporters, inscribed 'CORK ARMS' and the motto 'STATIO BENE FIDA CARINIS' (a safe harbour for ships). Below the arms is a floral spray, which is repeated around the edge of the box.

The Cork arms are: 'or, on waves of the sea a ship of three masts in full sail proper between two towers gules upon rocks also proper, each tower surmounted by a flag argent charged with a saltire of the same'. The arms are said to represent the towers which operated the medieval portcullis that allowed ships to enter the interior dock of the walled town.

The box still contains the Freedom document on a vellum strip sealed with red wax. Lord Rodney was admitted as a Freeman of the City of Cork on 16 September, following the Battle of the Saints on 12 April, and was enrolled on 20 November 1782.

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