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A Queen Victoria Seal Box, 1870
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A Queen Victoria Seal Box, 1870

Measurements: Diameter: 18cm (7in)

£3600

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Silver. Of circular form the hinged cover embossed with the Royal coat of arms (post 1837) of the United Kingdom within a border of running oak leaves and acorns. Plain interior. Maker’s mark of Joseph Angell. Hallmarked London 1870.

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. 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 for, was given by George V and Queen Alexandra to the Marquis of Crewe in 1913.
 

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