Material and Medium: Brass
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: L22.214.171.1241
This is a casket made in Persia (modern day Iran) and donated to the Museum in 1881 as part of the Bragge collection.
The casket is made of brass. The lid has an openwork design, which means it has a pattern of holes. There are handles on the lid and sides, and chains from the casket to the lid.
This casket is one of several objects collected by William Bragge (1823 – 1884), a civil engineer, antiquarian, and author. As an engineer he worked on many projects overseas and used this as an opportunity to collect many interesting objects. He had a particular interest in collecting writing about tobacco and antiques. Between 1858 and 1872 he worked in Sheffield as a director of steel manufacturer John Brown & Company. In 1870, he became Master Cutler of Sheffield.