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    Sale 7731

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    2 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 183

    A GEORGE II SCOTTISH SILVER TABLE SNUFF-BOX

    MARK OF JAMES KER, EDINBURGH, 1735, ASSAY MASTER ARCHIBALD URE

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    A GEORGE II SCOTTISH SILVER TABLE SNUFF-BOX
    MARK OF JAMES KER, EDINBURGH, 1735, ASSAY MASTER ARCHIBALD URE
    Oval, the cover with reeded rim, engraved with a crest below a marquess' coronet, marked inside
    7½ in. (19 cm.) wide
    16 oz. (502 gr.)
    The crest is that of Hay for the Marquesses of Tweeddale, presumably for John Hay, 4th Marquess of Tweeddale (1695-1762).


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    John, 4th Marquis of Tweeddale (c.1695-1762) studied law at Edinburgh and in 1721 was appointed Extraordinary Lord of the Session. The following year he was selected as one of the 16 representative peers of Scotland, a position he would hold through six parliaments. From 1742-46, under Lord Wilmington's administration, he was appointed Principal Secretary of State for Scotland. He was also appointed Keeper of his Majesty's signet. The 1st Earl of Egremont described him as 'a fine and bold speaker in public, very learned in the Civil Law, and above all, esteemed an honest and virtuous man.' Tweeddale also served as Governor of the Bank of Scotland and was appointed Lord Justice-General, position he held until his death. In 1748 he married Frances, daughter of John, Earl Granville, by whom he had two sons and four daughters.

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