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A George IV Seal Box, 1825
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A George IV Seal Box, 1825

Measurements: Diameter: 18cm (7in)

£3600

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Silver gilt. Of circular form the hinged cover embossed with the Royal coat of arms (1816-37) of the United Kingdom within a border of running oak leaves and acorns. Plain interior. Hallmarked London 1825. A William IV example in the Royal collection is described as having been converted for use as an inkstand for the King. Similarly, another Royal Seal box, also converted, was given by George V and Queen Alexandra to the Marquis of Crewe in 1913.

Seal cases or skippets of this type were used to house the wax impression of the Great Seal of the United Kingdom, giving the act, writ, decree or grant to which it was attached the authority of the Sovereign.


 

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