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A GEORGE II GOLD-MOUNTED HARDSTONE SWIVEL-SEAL
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A GEORGE II GOLD-MOUNTED HARDSTONE SWIVEL-SEAL

LONDON, CIRCA 1745

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A GEORGE II GOLD-MOUNTED HARDSTONE SWIVEL-SEAL LONDON, CIRCA 1745 chased scrolling rococo mount with double-sided female and male mask finial, the three-sided citrine seal engraved with a coat-of-arms, a male profile head and a winged spur crest below motto 'Nunquam Non Paratus', (Never Unprepared) 2 in. (48 mm.) high The arms are those of Johnston of Scotland, the most senior branch of the family being the Marquess of Annandale, now extinct.

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A closely related seal is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, inv no. M.6-1972, which has on one face an engraved profile of Diana, another the monogram of Sir Kenrick Clayton and the third side with their coat-of-arms.

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