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A GEORGE III IRISH GOLD FREEDOM BOX

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A GEORGE III IRISH GOLD FREEDOM BOX
maker's mark of Samuel Reily, Cork, circa 1800

Oval, the hinged cover bright-cut engraved with a band of scrolling foliage and rosettes and a coat-of-arms within motto, the base engraved with a presentation inscription, marked with maker's mark only on cover and twice in base - 3 1/8in. (8cm.) long
3ozs. (99grs.)

The inscription reads 'The Freedom of the Corporation of Bandon presented in this Box to his Excellency PHILIP EARL OF HARDWICKE, Lord Lieutenant General & General Governor of Ireland, this 15th Day of Sepr 1802. Revd S. Beamish, Provost'

Lot Essay

Philip, 3rd Earl of Hardwicke K.G., P.C. (1757-1834), sat as M.P. for Cambridgeshire until he succeeded his father to the earldom in 1790. He was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland from 1801 until 1804, during which time he was a strong supporter of Catholic emancipation. He had broad interests and was a Fellow of the Royal Society and The Society of Antiquaries. He was also a trustee of the British Museum. He married Elizabeth, daughter of James Lindsay, 5th Earl of Balcarres in 1782.
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