This well maintained and rare nickel silver (.050) plated gunmetal English Sovereign Coin Holder in the form of a pocket-watch case. It is engraved with a shield surrounded by a series of circles. The lid of the case is upholstered with it's original red felt and the spring loaded dispensing mechanism is fully in tact and works well. It opens by pushing on the stanhope tube located on the ball at the top and within the bale. There are no identifying marks or hallmarks. It measures 1 1/4" in diameter by 2" total height and 1/2" front to back. There is a very nice patina on the outside of the case and the inside is super clean. Made circa 1890-1900.
The stanhope view is in an excellent state of preservation and the quality of the images is among the highest throughout the history of stanhopes. It shows 6 images of Southwell, England and is titled "A Memory of Southwell". Surely it was a souvenir of Victorian times and the image is marked "McKee Dublin" and "Made in France". The six individual photos are all separately titled as follows:
Minster from South East
Minster from South N.W.
Chapter House Door
This is the only example of a British Sovereign holder that we have ever seen. We obtained this item from the estate of a very prolific stanhope collector who traveled 39 countries in her lifetime in search of rare stanhopes. She was often quite successful in her endeavors and kept all receipts and made meticulous notes on her travels and purchases. We retain documentation of this item previous to our acquisition of it. The previous date of it's last purchase was Nov. 13, 1987. It has been in the same collection since that time.
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