The Dumfries Freedom box by Alexander Gairdner

Decorated with cut and pierced openwork & engraved on the reverse with domestic scenes.


Silver parcel gilt
20 x 13 x 3 cm
Art Fund grant:
£15,000 ( Total: £100,000)
Acquired in:
Spink & Son

The box was presented to Henry Dundas, by the Royal Burgh of Dumfries in gratitude for his part in the repeal of the Water Borne Coal Duty in 1793.


Presented to Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville; by descent; Habsburg Feldman, Geneva, 15/11/89.

Venue details

National Museum of Scotland Chambers Street, EDINBURGH Edinburgh EH1 1JF 0300 123 6789

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