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A GERMAN ROYAL JEWELLED GOLD PRESENTATION SNUFF-BOX
A GERMAN ROYAL JEWELLED GOLD PRESENTATION SNUFF-BOX

HANAU, CIRCA 1850

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A GERMAN ROYAL JEWELLED GOLD PRESENTATION SNUFF-BOX
HANAU, CIRCA 1850
rectangular box with rounded corners, the cover centred with an oval sablé plaque applied with silver-mounted diamond-set cypher of George V of Hanover (1819-1878), King of Hanover 1851-1866, a silver-mounted diamond-set Royal crown above with four silver-mounted diamonds at each corner, the cover, sides and base applied with raised vari-colour gold flowers and foliage on a sablé ground, in fitted brown leather case
3 3/8 in. (86 mm.) wide

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George V (1819-1878) was the last king of Hanover, the only child and successor of King Ernest Augustus I. George succeeded his father as King of Hanover and Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, as well as Duke of Cumberland and Teviotdale, in the Peerage of Great Britain, and Earl of Armagh, in the Peerage of Ireland, on 18 November 1851. George reigned for only 15 years, being exiled from Hanover in 1866 as a result of his support for Austria in the Austro-Prussian War. On 20 September 1866, Hanover was annexed by Prussia. George never abdicated from the throne of Hanover and he and his wife Marie lived in exile in Gmunden in Austria and in Paris, where George died on 12 June 1878 at the age of 59. He is buried in the Royal Tomb House under St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.


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