22 January 2009
A ROYAL GIFT: A REGENCY GOLD-MOUNTED TORTOISESHELL SNUFF-BOX
IN THE MANNER OF RUNDELL, BRIDGE & RUNDELL, LONDON, CIRCA 1815-20
Rectangular black tortoiseshell box with rounded corners and concave sides, the cover centred with a gold plaque engraved with the initials 'GP' (Georgius Princeps) surmounted by the Prince of Wales crown, the reeded mounts chased with stylised lotus and vegetal motifs
3 5/16 in. (85 mm.) wide
A gift to Alleyne FitzHerbert, 1st Baron St. Helens (1753-1839), from George, Prince of Wales, later King George IV (1762-1830).
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Catalogue of Pictures and Curios at Tissington Hall, 1887, by Ida, daughter of Sir William FitzHerbert, 4th Bt., as a 'Snuff box given by George Pr. of Wales to Lord St. Helens'
The engraved initials 'GP' stand for 'George Prince' for King George IV (1762-1830), when Prince of Wales.
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