The original casket, which was made from walrus ivory with bronze fittings and bearing a runic legend around the base, is thought to have come from around Peterborough during the ninth century. However, at an early stage, it was removed to the continent where it ended up at the Gandersheim Convent until this was dissolved at the end of the eighteenth century. The casket is now on display at the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum in Brunswick. This copy is an exact replica of the original and must have been cast from it during the nineteenth century. Recent correspondence with the museum’s curator, Regine Marth, has shown that no such copy was known to exist until now.
Sy & Wagner, court goldsmiths, were a leading Berlin company who specialized in producing medals and decorations during the second half of the nineteenth century. They took over Johann George Hossauer’s business in 1859 and became house jewellers for Kaiser Wilhelm II, producing many items presented by the Kaiser as gifts. They existed until the First World War.
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