London, South Kensington
11 November 2003
A 19th century silver and gem-set miniature desk seal of historical maritime interest
modelled as a hand, with ruby single stone-set ring, holding a quill, the sleeve with gilt naval rank insignia for a Rear-Admiral, set with three rose-cut diamonds, with plain foiled amethyst matrix, the mount engraved,"Made from a Shoe Buckle, recovered 1840 from the Wreck of H.M.S. Royal George Sunk at Spithead August 29. 1782." with engraved anchor motif, in fitted case with manuscript copy of the inscription.
See plate 3 and back cover illustration
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