Inscription: Inscribed on apron in four vertical lines: "Hands of I pray you Handle not me / For I am blind and you can see / If you love me lend me not / For fear of breaking lend me not". Around lip of cup: "When riches faile friends groe scant. No cut to unkindness, no woe to want."
Marking:  IA or JA in monogram script, conjoined (maker's mark)
Location of mark:  near hem of figure's apron, near words "me not", and also on small swinging cup at rim under the 'n' of the word "when".
Lady Sophia Des Voeux (in 1862) ; Mrs. Milligan (in 1910) ; Sir John Noble (until 1951; sale, Christie's, December 12, 1951, no. 134) ; [ S. J. Phillips Ltd. (until 1967; to Irwin Untermyer, September 28, 1967) ] ; Irwin Untermyer (1967–68; to MMA)
Artist: James Cox (British, ca. 1723–1800)Date: 1766Medium: Case: gold with diamonds and paste jewels set in silver, pearls; Dial: while enamel; Movement: partly gilded brass and steel, wheel balance and cock of silver set with paste jewelsAccession: 1982.60.137On view in:Gallery 540