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A Gilt Brass George III Golden Jubilee Snuff Box, 1809
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A Gilt Brass George III Golden Jubilee Snuff Box, 1809

Measurements: Diameter: 7.5cm (3in)

£725

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Of circular form, the top embossed with a head and shoulders  profile portrait of George III encircled by the legend ‘GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA REX’  and a Greek key border. The edge also decorated with Greek key pattern. The base embossed ‘GEORGE III / WAS BORN JUNE 4 1738 / ASCENDED THE BRITISH THRONE / OCT 25 1760 / THE / GRAND NATIONAL JUBILEE / CELEBRATED 25 OCT 1809 / LONG LIVE THE KING’, all within an oak and laurel wreath.

Signed to the obverse beneath the monarch’s shoulder ‘M&P for Nathaniel Merchant, R.A. (1739-1816) and Lewis Pingo (1743-1830). Merchant was noted as a sculptor of intaglios, medals, and poetical designs for cameos. His subjects included copies from the antique, adaptations of famous paintings and portraits of his contemporaries. He held several appointments, including Assistant Engraver to the Royal Mint, Gem Sculptor to the Prince of Wales, Engraver to the King and from 1800, Engraver to the Stamp Office. He was elected an associate of the Royal Academy in 1791 and a full Academician in 1809. Lewis Pingo was also an Assistant Engraver to the Royal Mint who succeeded his father in the post in 1776.

Obverse embossed with the legend: ‘GEORGIUS III DIE GRAIIA  REX.’
 

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