London, South Kensington
20 January 2010
A GEORGE III MAHOGANY TRAVELLING CHEST
LATE 18TH CENTURY
The moulded rectangular solid mahogany hinged top mounted with an oval brass plaque engraved 'Alex.r Davison Esq./Swarland House', enclosing a fitted interior of various compartments and trays above two fitted graduated long drawers, with brass carrying handles to the sides, original handles, the steel lock detached
12 in. (30.5 cm.) high; 28 in. (71 cm.) wide; 14 in. (35.5 cm.) deep
Alexander Davison (1750-1829) of Swarland Hall, Northumberland and by descent to his daughter Dorothy Widdrington (formerly Cook) (b. 1794) of Newton Hall, Northumberland.
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Inventory and Valuation of the contents of Newton Hall, Felton, Morpeth, Northumberland, The Property of Brigadier General B. F. Widdrington, C.M.G., D.S.O., 1925, p. 10.
The fine travelling chest, with its drawers and multi-fitted compartments perhaps intended for bottles, is brass labelled with the name of Alexander Davison (d.1829) of Swarland House, Northumberland. It may have accompanied him on his travels to Quebec City in the later 1770s, and during the period that he served as an agent to the young Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (d.1805)
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