14 June 2006
A GEORGE V IRISH SILVER BASKET
MARK OF WEST AND SON, DUBLIN, 1922
Circular with pierced sides and a fruiting grapevine rim, engraved underneath with an inscription, marked underneath and stamped 'West & Son'
10 in. (25.5 cm.) diameter
11 oz. (345 gr.)
The inscription reads 'To Mr. Tony Armstrong-Jones on the Occasion of his Marriage From the Employees of the Birr Castle Estate'
Given on the occasion of the marriage of Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones to H.R.H. The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon by the Employees of the Birr Castle Estate.
Used on the table in the Dining Room of the Private Apartment of H.R.H. The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon at Kensington Palace.
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Birr Castle in Co. Offaly, Ireland has been the seat of the Parsons family, Earls of Rosse, since 1620 and was the home of Lord Snowdon's mother and stepfather, Anne, Countess of Rosse (d.1992) and Laurence, 6th Earl of Rosse (1918-1979).
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