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A GEORGE V SILVER-GILT BALLOT BOX
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A GEORGE V SILVER-GILT BALLOT BOX

MARK OF ALSTONS & HALLAM, LONDON, 1919

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A GEORGE V SILVER-GILT BALLOT BOX
MARK OF ALSTONS & HALLAM, LONDON, 1919
The vase shaped body supported on a stepped square foot, the detachable cover with an acorn motif finial and three slots for ballots, engraved with an incription on one side and a coat-of-arms on the other, marked on side and on flange of cover, the base further engraved 'ALSTONS AND HALLAM 69 CORNHILL'
13¾ in. (35 cm.) high
53 oz. (1,650 gr.)
The inscription reads: 'PRESENTED TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE LORD GEORGE FRANCIS HAMILTON, P.C. G.C.S.I BY HIS COLLEAGUES OF THE PHOENIX ASSURANCE COMPANY In Grateful Memory of his Chairmanship From 1908 to 1920'
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Lord George Francis Hamilton, (1845-1927) was born in Brighton, third son of James Hamilton, first Duke of Abercorn and his wife, Lady Louisa Jane (1812-–1905), second daughter of John Russell, sixthDduke of Bedford. He was eductated at Harrow before joining the rifle brigade in 1864, serving four years abroad, partly with Garnet Wolseley in Canada.

On his return to England in 1868 he married Maud, younger daughter of the third Earl of Harewood in 1871 and entered politics, winning the seat of Middlesex, holding the seat in the subsequent elections in 1874 and 1880. Hamilton was a favourite of Disraeli and made him Under Secretary to India, becoming Secretary of State to India in 1895.
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