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    Sale 7713

    Furniture & Clocks

    23 April 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 168

    A MID-VICTORIAN EBONY, LEATHER AND SILVER-BOUND ROYAL PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM

    CIRCA 1880

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    A MID-VICTORIAN EBONY, LEATHER AND SILVER-BOUND ROYAL PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM
    CIRCA 1880
    The front cover mounted with a moulded ebony panel, centred by a gilt thread Prussian Royal crown and the initials 'VR' and with silver clasp, the interior with gilt-tooled front and back pages lined with burgundy watered silk, enclosing thirty gilt-edged pages with black and white photographs of mainly English country seats in the West country, including: Hardwick Grange, Attingham, Hawkstone, Pitchford, Apley Park, Candover, Seaton Knoles, Powis Castle and Montacute labelled in black ink, the front page with typed paper label 'PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUM WITH SILVER CLASP (FORMERLY THE PROPERTY OF QUEEN VICTORIA)', the lock with maker's mark of George John Parry
    3¼ in. (8 cm.) high; 18¾ in. (47.5 cm.) wide; 14¾ in. (37.5 cm.) deep


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    The Prussian Royal crown and lettering 'VR' indicate this photograph album was undoubtedly made for Princess Victoria Adelaide, eldest child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. She became briefly German Empress and Queen of Prussia in 1888 by her marriage to German Emperor Frederick III whom she married in 1858.
    The maker's mark of George John Parry was first recorded for the manufacturing firm of John Dyus & Co. at 28 & 29 New Charles Street, EC [7.6.1877] (J. Culme, The Directory of Gold & Silversmiths, Jewellers & Allied Traders 1838-1914, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1987, p. 132).

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    Provenance

    Princess Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa (1840-1901), later German Empress and Queen of Prussia.


    Literature

    J. Culme, The Directory of Gold & Silversmiths, Jewellers & Allied Traders 1838-1914, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1987, p. 132.