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A GEORGE II BRASS-MOUNTED LEATHER TRUNK*
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A GEORGE II BRASS-MOUNTED LEATHER TRUNK*

POSSIBLY BY EDWARD SMITH, DATED 1744

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A GEORGE II BRASS-MOUNTED LEATHER TRUNK*
POSSIBLY BY EDWARD SMITH, DATED 1744
The arched hinged lid over a rectangular case with old paper lining to interior, with scrolling floral decoration overall, bearing a tag with accession number 60.46.8
21 in. (53 cm.) high, 41½ in. (105 cm.) wide, 21¼ in. (54 cm.) deep
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Travelling trunks of this form with similar decorative brass-studding originated in the seventeenth century and continued to be produced, relatively unaltered in form right through to the reign of George II. George II's coffer-maker, Edward Smith, supplied both the king and various members of the court with a large number of trunks covered with 'russia leather' (P. Macquoid and R. Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, London, rev.ed., 1954, vol. II, p. 17). A related trunk, bearing Edward Smith's trade label was sold anonymously, Christie's, New York, 21 October 1999, lot 295.
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