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A George IV Coronation Snuff Box, 1821
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A George IV Coronation Snuff Box, 1821

Measurements: Diameter: 5cm (2in)



Gilt metal circular box, the lid with a relief portrait of George IV to the obverse; the reverse featuring the king on his throne being crown by attendant classical maidens.

George Augustus Frederick Hanover became King George IV of England on the death of his father George III on 29 January 1820. He greatly enjoyed planning his coronation and was determined that it would outshine Napoleon's in 1803. He selected Tudor style costumes for all the participants, and spent £24,000 on a Coronation robe of crimson velvet with gold stars and ermine trim costing. He rejected the traditional Coronation crown, St Edward’s Crown, and commissioned a new crown adorned with 12,314 hired diamonds.