Signed William Partridge Fecit, circa 1665. Of oblong form, the chased silver depicting a demi-huntsman and two birds amongst scrolling foliage, with a foliate knop handle and lock, 13cm length, 38cm width, 11cm depth.
The lock was part of an immense bequest from the Countess of Devonshire to her daughter Anne, wife of John, 5th Earl of Exeter. This was itemised in the Deed of Gift, or Devonshire Schedule of 1690.
The 1738 Burghley Inventory records: ‘The Dressing room, The Lock silver carved’.