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    Sale 14139

    Out of the Ordinary

    14 September 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 564

    SPENCER PERCIVAL (1762-1812)
    A GOLD AND PEARL MOURNING BROOCH FOR SPENCER PERCIVAL

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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    SPENCER PERCIVAL (1762-1812)
    A GOLD AND PEARL MOURNING BROOCH FOR SPENCER PERCIVAL
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    The rectangular locket brooch with central glazed section for a lock of hair, since lost, within two rows of graduated half-pearls, the reverse with inscription 'Rt. Hon'ble Spencer Perceval, obt. 11 May 1812 AEt, 49. Died by the hand of an Assassin.', pin damaged
    1. ½ in. (3 cm.) wide


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    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of David Gainsborough Roberts


    Post Lot Text

    Spencer Perceval was born in London on November 1, 1762. The second son of the second Earl of Egmont he was educated at Harrow and Trinity Cambridge. He was called to the bar in 1786 and soon became a prominent lawyer. In 1796 he entered parliament for Northampton, and became a strong supporter of Pitt. In 1807 he became Chancellor of the Exchequer being trusted by George III and in 1809 was elected Prime Minister. He remained in office for only a brief three years as on 11th May 1812 as he entered the lobby of the House of Commons, he was shot dead by a bankrupt Liverpool broker, John Bellingham, who was hanged for the murder on the 18th May.